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anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« on: Sep 04, 2010, 05:05:52 AM »
I was on amazon looking for a new shoulder rest, and I came across one called "Bon Musica".

It looks similar to the one my first teacher used. It looks like it kind of fits over your shoulder as if you were to
take your right hand and "hold" your left shoulder. I think that it might add a little stability esp. when going "hands free" when your tuning etc..

What do you guy's think?

Anyone who might own one please let me know how you like it and if it hinders you in any way.

Thanks a lot, Lil Laree ;)

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2010, 08:59:29 AM »
some swear by the bon musica.. But IMO the rest is so heavy - it weighs the same as my fiddle!!

I use a mach1 clone made of wood - very lightweight and the curve feels quite natural to me.. http://www.tasset.com/epauliere-fom-bois-violon-p-10679.html?language=en&a_aid=25ccc6ff
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #2 on: Sep 04, 2010, 10:52:35 AM »
I use one made out of foam rubber or something of that nature.  It's sort of like a sponge.  It's held on by three rubber bands.  works fantastic for me.  I've tried the others.  Couldn't be comfortable with them.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 04, 2010, 11:36:40 AM »
Yes, I use one on my Bridge electric. Find it easy to play with. No problems at all.
I dont use for my acoustic. Major reason: it will not fit in the acoustic case, where as the Kun will ;) Choice made!

Pity you not got one in shop to try, Only way to know for sure if will suite you, but easily adjusted.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #4 on: Sep 04, 2010, 11:56:48 AM »
A very well known rest. Some love them: I hated it. Could never get it adjusted properly so, the adjusters kept sticking into me.

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2010, 01:11:03 PM »
Some love them. I don't care for having the fiddle planted so solidly on my shoulder. Some people bend the over-the-shoulder hook to flatten it out a little. On my three fiddles I use a wooden Mach One (16" viola) a regular Kun (16" viola with octave strings) and an inexpensive "Maestro" Menuhin clone on the 4/4 violin.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #6 on: Sep 04, 2010, 01:58:31 PM »
I a Bonmusica for my Bridge electric. It is comfortable and has a high enough clearance to mount a Line6 wireless transmitter between it and the back of the fiddle.

I don't use it for my acoustic, I have a Newsky shoulder rest for that. Very comfortable it is too.

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #7 on: Sep 04, 2010, 02:47:22 PM »
Tried them, hated them. Just felt really uncomfortable for my violin hold.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 04, 2010, 10:04:07 AM »
Yes, I like the Bon Musica on both acoustic and electric: helps a lot because of my short-arm problem (see http://www.fiddleforum.com/fiddleforum/index.php?topic=32862.0:)

If only they were not so heavy! And packed away somehow to fit more easily into a case...

For an electric, a solid beast like the Bon Musica might be a handy place to attach jack socket, pe-amp etc., maybe? Now there's a thought...

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 04, 2010, 01:47:52 PM »
I'm in the love them camp. I found the over the shoulder bit so good that I extended it with a longer over the shoulder bit.

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 08, 2010, 10:00:46 AM »
Bon Musica is indeed a beast, like Dave said, but not so solid from my experiences... I have problems with it and my electric which is pretty heavy. I have to put more pressure with my head than with my acoustic to hold it and this causes the rest to bend and some times even deattach from the violin. Pretty sad, because it's the most comfortable shoulder rest I've tried yet...
Do you guys know any other "bulky" rest like Bon Musica?

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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 08, 2010, 11:18:24 AM »
I'm a complete beginner so I can't speak from much experience, but I found the Bon Musica rest much much better.

It does need some adjustment to get it right having a teacher or experienced violin player to help you adjust it is recommended. But you can bend it all over the place to get it how you want it.

As a beginner, it gives me a feeling of more "security" I'm still scared I'll forget the violin is there and drop it on the floor!!

And it does fit in the violin case .. just.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 08, 2010, 02:36:43 PM »
Do you guys know any other "bulky" rest like Bon Musica?
Comford. Solid. No way you will squash it, but it needs a pretty complete lower bout to grab on to, with those outrigger legs it's got.
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About bending to shape, the Wolf Primo is foam on an aluminum plate, and can be sculpted quite a bit. Not so bulky as a Bon Musica.
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Re: anyone heard of a Bon Musica shoulder rest?
« Reply #13 on: Mar 03, 2011, 03:21:22 PM »
I tried one and they seems very comfortable. Gonna buy one actually. In the past I had many different shoulderpads and since I have long neck and low shoulders for me these one with a high chinrest seems like a good solution

 




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