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    Hexensohn
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    I’ve been having the worst time lately finding a comfortable playing position. I have a Bon Musica shoulder rest that used to do the trick but lately I can’t seem to get any configuration of height and angle to play comfortably. It doesn’t feel secure when I’m playing scales or vibrato. I’ve been looking at alternatives, the Suretone and the Playonair, to see if they might be a better fit for my shoulder since I hear they conform a little better to the shape of your shoulder. Just wondering if anyone on here has used one or both of these that might be able to weigh in. Any advice is appreciated!!

    #17359 Reply

    Marlayum
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    Well I did not try either of those, but can you clarify what the problem is a little more and maybe that would help. Do you feel that you are having to grip with your left hand too much to easily get your vibrato? I think if you call or email Michael or someone on his team they would be able to ask the right questions to get you headed in the right direction. They are all super helpful! I ended up having to get a fully adjustable chinrest (kreddle) AND a Comford shoulder rest, because I was having pain AND the violin was falling out of my grip, but I honestly think you just have to be willing to try different things out..Bonmusica was my second favorite, though.

    #17370 Reply

    Hexensohn
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    I appreciate your input. Specifically, I was looking for info from anyone with experience with either product because I haven’t seen much in the way of reviews. Now, I’ve owned five or six shoulder rests, the Bon Musica has worked for me pretty well, but the issue I’ve been having lately is that as I play, the violin slips down my shoulder. Now, since I first posted, I’ve found a decent angle to play with(I adjusted right grip height waaaaay out, just about to the max), but I’m still curious about alternatives. The problem I have with the Bon Musica is the that it’s a little restrictive due to the hook over the shoulder. The suretone and the playonair both seem like they might free me up, but I know I need that extra height too.

    #17537 Reply

    Marlayum
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    I have since bought and tried out the sure tone. It is very adjustable, and comes with 2 sets of pads that you can use. The inventor has a website on which he talks more about the rest, and shows how it is used (and why it helps with resonance). I would recommend it. I have not tried the other one you mentioned, and I apologize for not seeing your question until, like over a week later. I will remember to check the little box below so your response will go to my email.

    #17869 Reply

    Hexensohn
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    Thanks of the update! I’ll probably try the suretone before i try the playonair because I’ve since heard of people encountering issues with keeping it inflated. Right now I’m working with what I have but I’d like to explore other options.

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