A Much Needed Violin Chin Rest Solution
So, what is wrong with your violin chin rest?
Well, to start with, a violin chin rest is carved from hard wood, usually ebony, one of nature’s hardest. The contact between this hard chin rest surface and our vulnerable face, chin, and neck has caused generations of violinists, from beginners to professionals, to endure skin irritations, bruises, and red spots. Often called a violin hickey, or rose patch, these bruises are more than just unsightly; they can be quite painful and typically result in a reduction in practice time, at the very least. Worse yet, if your chin rest is gouging into your face, the tension that results can easily migrate to your hand and fingers, especially in the left hand, and can even cause back and shoulder pain, which can affect your bowing arm. So, having a comfortable instrument is crucial for mastering basic techniques like playing in tune, vibrato, and even bowing.
Look closely at the 2 photos above or you might miss the GelRest attached to the 2 chin rests. That’s because we make GelRests in 8 different shapes, each one designed to fit a variety of violin or viola chinrests. Note: viola chin rests are usually exactly like violin chinrests. To find one that fits YOUR chinrest, go to the Chinrest Fit Guide 2016. Print, Cut, and Place the cut-outs on your chinrest to determine which one is the best fit.
Fits in Your Case
A GelRest is easy to install — just peel and stick. And, unlike a shoulder rest, a GelRest does not have to be removed each time you put the instrument back in its case. Just set it and forget it!
NEW for 2017 – the “Micro”
You asked and we listened. The Micro is a super-low (3/8″ or 9mm) shoulder rest for young students, players with baroque instruments, violists, or anyone who needs a shoulder rest that adds a minimal amount of extra height. The name Micro comes from the “micro adhesive” that is used to attach this product to your instrument. Micro adhesive sticks securely, but can be removed and re-installed hundreds, even thousands, of times without losing its stick! That’s because micro adhesive sticks via tiny suction cups instead of sticky tape, so it lasts far longer than ordinary tape based adhesives. Stick it in place, then remove it. Over and over. The Micro is 3″ in diameter, the same dimension as the popular cosmetic sponge used by players for decades. You won’t need rubber bands with the Micro, however.
The Micro uses the same form-fitting Gel as our popular GelRest, so it is super comfortable and long lasting.