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  • #1924

    Kay Chang
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    • Contribution Score 25

    There are so many choices, how do I know which to choose for myself or my daughter?

    #1929

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

    I am a big fan of the Whitner middle chin rests. I like them because they lay more natural to where I believe the chin should rest when you play the violin–in the middle. Many side chin rests are uncomfortable and hard to use. I would say 9/10 people that I show them them the option of the middle chin rest end up switching over. Here is a link to a middle chin rest I would recommend.

    #1940

    margaretellen
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    • Contribution Score 98

    I never heard of a middle chin rest! So, my violin has a side chin rest – if I order a middle one how do I put it on? Is it easy to do yourself, or would I have to take it to a music store and have them do it?

    #1941

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

    You can easily install it yourself, it even comes with a screw driver! Takes about 5 minutes at the most, and the only thing you might need is an allen wrench to take your current chin rest off. I wouldn’t suggest taking it in to have it done unless you really are stuck without an allen wrench!

    #3120

    meritites
    Participant
    • Contribution Score 7

    I also like the whitner middle chin rest. I changed it myself, it is very easy, Michael is right. And if you do not have an allen wrench (like me), you can use a big paper clip (like this one paper clip), twist it to have one end free and carefully use it to take the chin rest out. Works great!

    #3305

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster
    • Contribution Score 567

    That is a really good idea! Thanks for posting that.

    #4508

    William Bickerstaff
    Participant
    • Contribution Score 290

    I’ve noticed that when I hold my violin correctly (I do it every so often) that it is much easier and more comfortable to rest my chin over the tailpiece. I think something is telling me to change my chinrest to a middle chin rest.

    #4509

    meritites
    Participant
    • Contribution Score 7

    I had the same thought and that is why I changed for a middle chin rest. I am very happy with that decision!

    #7908

    William Bickerstaff
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    • Contribution Score 290

    I changed my chin rest to a Berber “middle of the fiddle” type. It works much better for me.

    #13248

    Jules
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    • Contribution Score 1

    Personally, I prefer a side chin rest, but that’s really just up to the individual. I changed the one that came on my violin (beginner student grade) because it was digging into my neck and it made playing really uncomfortable. I found a much thinner one on amazon that suits me and it even had the ‘ribs’ which i preferred over the smooth one anyways. Here’s the link to it on amazon if anyone’s interested: http://goo.gl/DROCO

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