How To Find The Perfect Chinrest
Finding the right chinrest can be a daunting task…
Robyn discusses the use of the chinrest and how you can ensure a perfect fit, every time. Last week we introduced the shoulder rest to the equation and how both must be selected together for optimal comfort.
This week we continue our look at the perfect set-up focussing on the chinrest. Many customers come into the store to look at a new shoulder rest only to realise that it is, in fact, their chinrest that needs to be looked at. In his book, The Violin Lesson, Simon Flesch concludes that the chinrest should really be called the ‘jawbone rest’ as that is a more accurate description of the contact point on the rest. It is also important to realise that there should be no gap between the instrument and the neck of the player. The tension caused by this incorrect posture would undoubtedly result in overall discomfort.
Some points to look for in a correctly fitting chinrest include:
Without a doubt, one of our customers most common concerns is what to do when your skin has a reaction to the chinrest.
Whilst we stock a range of Strad Pads to be placed over the chinrest as a protective covering, the new Wittner Space Age Chinrest can overcome this issue. It is made with hypoallergenic material and comes with a screwdriver to attach the cork-lined rest to the instrument.
Violinist Hilary Hahn talks about how she developed her perfect set up
The Teka Chinrest is still our most popular chinrest as its shape, bakelite construction, and medium height are considered the most comfortable for the majority of the population.
Important points to remember in regards to your chinrest includes: