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maple shoulder rest?
« on: Nov 25, 2010, 07:20:06 PM »
I ran into an article online from Strings magazine which reviewed wood shoulder rests.  Here is the link:
http://www.stringsmagazine.com/article/default.aspx?articleid=25377 

Now I'm seriously thinking of getting one but before spending the money, I Wanted to ask the opinions of all of you good folks.  Presently I use a Kun collapsible and am perfectly content with it but was intrigued by the idea that it is possible to get a warmer tone with a wooden rest.

Thanks for you thoughts.


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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 25, 2010, 07:33:08 PM »
Looks very much like a Mach1. A good light rest,

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 25, 2010, 08:00:55 PM »
Looks very much like a Mach1. A good light rest,

HEY - thanks, Swarbrules - that's just what I was hoping to hear.

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 26, 2010, 07:55:59 AM »
my favorite form - all though I use a supposed rip off..

only problem is that the rubber is not very good quality - the mach one looks better in that way
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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 26, 2010, 11:45:03 AM »
One of our sponsors sells Mach 1

http://www.thestringzone.co.uk/accessories-violin-shoulder-rests-mach-one-violin-shoulder-rest

If you can't afford the wood version (It was mucher cheaper when I got mine) then the plastic version is also excellent. I ua
se one on my Ted Brewer.

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 29, 2010, 04:27:30 AM »
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presently I use a Kun collapsible and am perfectly content with it but was intrigued by the idea that it is possible to get a warmer tone with a wooden rest.

I'm pretty skeptical of the idea that a shoulder rest will make a noticeable improvement in your instrument's tone, but hey, I've been wrong before about lots of things!

I say if it's comfortable for you, you like the way it looks, if it makes you feel better about your playing, or whatever --  go for it, but I wouldn't pin much hope on it making a vast improvement in sound.

BTW, I do own a mach one sholuder rest and while I really appreciate the beauty and workmanship, I don't use it simply because it isn't comfortable for me.

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 14, 2010, 05:22:58 PM »
I have just bought a 'Mach 1' type of rest - of the knock-off variety - to go with my new knock off violin ;), and I have to say it is very comfortable, secure and good looking. The example I found is also well made.

I would say however that it is a very definite 'shape'. While it seems to fit me like a glove I could imagine that it wouldn't be a one size fits all solution........but many of my colleagues like them too.

If you are intersted in the real (expensive but exquisite) Mach one I would try before you buy!

All sorts of nice imaginings happen when you attach a nicely made piece of wood to another nicely made piece of wood...........but whether the sound obviously changes is debatable I think? YMMV  :)

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 14, 2010, 06:22:19 PM »
1.  Affects how you hold the instrument
2.  Mass
3.  Stiffness
4.  Contacting material
5.  Clamping points
6.  Tightness fitted
7.  Material

Without separating out all the variables, hard to be definitive.

But an interesting article. If I get a CNC machine I'll make a batch of rests.

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 04, 2011, 02:09:15 AM »
This forum doesn't see much action but I had to jump into this thread. Last night I tried out several different shoulder rests while at a lesson. My teacher is in the process of trading out rests with some of her colleagues. One thing I can say definitively is that different shoulder rests change the sound of my instrument. My G string was so much cleaner and focused with a wooden KUN than with my metal Wolf. I am buying either a KUN or Viva La Musica wooden rest in the very near future.

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Re: maple shoulder rest?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 04, 2011, 12:57:24 PM »
This forum seems to have viable action to me. 

I rather like the wood rests myself, although I'm normally testing violins without a rest.  I primarily sell the "standard" Kun because my shop is not focused on accessories (at this point). 

Setting up a proper double blind test would be a bit cumbersome, I suppose!

 




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