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  • #14369

    Musiciater
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    Hi everyone

    I have a pretty long neck and I’ve used the same shoulder rest for about 8years. I had to put extenders on it to make it higher but the problem I’m having with it now is that it moves around a lot. Any suggestions of brands to looks at? I like shoulder rests that you can adjust the angle of as well as the height.
    Thanks in advance!

    #14373

    Hexensohn
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    The bon Musica is very popular for the long necked violinist haha. I use one myself. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s very adjustable and has good support on the shoulder. The Everest is also pretty good, but the bon musica has a lot more height adjustment.

    #14380

    Anteros
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    I was going to say the Bon Musica as well. It’s very adjustable height-wise.

    #14388

    Dianne Adkins
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    For stability and height adjustment options, I recommend the KUN Shoulder Rest to all my students. I use it myself as well. Here’s a picture of it:

    KUN Shoulder Rest

    I have tried the playonair, which is a sort of blow up cushion, but it’s very low. I have looked at the Bon Musica but I haven’t tried it. I notice it is generally 3 times more pricey than the KUN Shoulder Rest. It sort of looks like a ‘contraption’ lol. But if others have tried and used it with success, perhaps you will too.

    #14392

    Hexensohn
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    I haven’t used a Kun model, but I’ve heard people like them. And yeah, the disadvantage to the Bon Musica is it’s shape, it’s a little difficult to fit into a case. But the curve for the shoulder is very secure and comfortable.

    #14398

    Wendy Moore
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    I have a short neck but I still have discomfort playing without a shoulder rest , however it makes my instrument to high and it’s as low as it’ll go.

    #14409

    Musiciater
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    • Contribution Score 21

    Hi all, thanks for all your replies. I’ve looked into my local music store supplies and they have both the kun and the Bon musica, which so far are looking the most appealing. I shall be going in and trying them out on my violin before I make any decisions of course.

    #14463

    rj.fiddlechick
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    Thanks for this info. I am currently using an Everest which isn’t bad, but I will check out the Kun and Bon Musica per your suggestions.

    #14763

    Shiroi98
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    Hi,
    I have a long neck as well and I am 6 feet tall. I have tried both the Kun and the Bon Musica. I prefer the Kun, but it’s not perfect. I still have to lift my shoulder a little. The reason I did not like the BonMusica is because the padding is not as thick as the Kun, thus it cuts into the shoulder a little.

    I am about to try the Wolf Forte Primo Violin Shoulder Rest Violin and see if it works better. Details to follow soon..

    #14866

    Patrick1966
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    The BonMusica is the best option I have found. Works great!

    #14868

    Shiroi98
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    So I’ve used the Wolf Forte Primo violin shoulder rest for a few days, and it’s worked a LOT better for me. When using the Kun with a long neck, I find that I still have to lift my left shoulder up. With the BonMusica, the padding was insufficient for my shoulder, and at times it hurts.

    The Primo is bendable and has sufficient padding. My only wish is that the legs look better, like the Kun! The length of the legs are adjustable and the Wolf itself swivels to adjust to your body type. All in all, I’d recommend it for people that have long necks 🙂

    #14982

    Christie Morehouse
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    Sounds like what I need

    #14992

    seth nelson
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    i’m 6′ and have a long neck and the sun works perfect for me

    #15885

    agaboury
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    I have been using the Kun for years.After the first few years I had to go to physio because it was too short for my neck. I took it to a machinist who mad extensions that made it a lot higher. The only problem is that the extension loose so I need to tighten the. Other than that, The Kun works very well for me and I do not have neck problems anymore, evenwhen I am playing in a musical for hours.

    #15888

    Scott Adams
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    Another option – especially if you like how your current shoulder rest fits your shoulder line – is replacing your chin rest. There are several good designs which incorporate longer necks, and they’re often much cheaper (and prettier) than the specialty shoulder rests.

    #15923

    Prog1
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    chin rest must have

    #16157

    Marlayum
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    I have tried all sorts of shoulder rests as I have a very long neck. Then my teacher pointed out a higher and more adjustable chin rest would allow me the support I need without having to raise my arms THAT much higher to play. He recommeded the Kreddle chin rest, I Installed it myself, and am still toying with it, as it is adjustable in, like 12 dimensions. I still cannot give up the bonmusica that I like, but have it adjusted much lower now that I have the new chin rest in place. Hope that helps someone because I feel I am really working toward more comfort while playing.

    #16169

    HDuaneaz
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    I purchased a Bon Musica a few years ago. I like it.

    #16297

    Prog1
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    THX for info.

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