I love the analogy! I was thinking that perhaps the shoulder rest causes me to hold the violin too high, thus causing my bow arm to elevate as well? I will try the cookie jar cookie stealer visualization anyway. I really did expect the violin to have a bigger sound… I had the opportunity to choose the skull edition, but am not a fan of skulls, nor could I envision myself playing on one of those at Synagogue or at a Holocaust-related event, both of which I do frequently.
Thank you , again.