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Custom made chinrest
« on: Dec 12, 2016, 11:03:57 AM »
My father is a cabinetmaker and also makes a lot of small wood cutting projects like custom knife handles etc.

In the recent month or so, he has been helping me towards a more ergonomic chin rest.

We are on the 4 generation ;)

Two things that really suprised me is how important the height is. Sounds trivial I know, but I have always compensated with a high shoulder rest, now I do not even need one!

The other thing is the shape - we did not need to go too weird (no molding of my chin)

Also the type of wood (or maybe just the weight) has an impact on the way my violin sounds!
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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2016, 11:05:32 AM »
1st generation
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 12, 2016, 11:06:01 AM »
2nd generation
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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #3 on: Dec 12, 2016, 11:50:54 AM »
Has he considered changing the shape of your chin.......

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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #4 on: Dec 12, 2016, 02:50:31 PM »
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Has he considered changing the shape of your chin.......
maybe with a bat (when I said the 1st gen was better than the 2nd gen) ;)
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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 2016, 03:36:46 PM »
Those are beautiful pieces of work, Jansberg. What a great project for you and your Dad.
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 12, 2016, 08:12:41 PM »
thank you Emma - yes it really is a nice project for the both of us...
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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #7 on: Dec 13, 2016, 12:43:09 AM »
I suggest finding out where you need contact and having him remove everything else in a free form very interesting and really amazing looking manner.  One of the roughly 8 trillion things I haven't gotten around to.

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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #8 on: Dec 14, 2016, 08:22:25 AM »
 :) my father talks about that as well - He is a little baffled about how much of the chin rest seems to be unused.

For me it is important that I have some room to move and shift my position on the chin rest..

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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2016, 04:49:42 PM »
I am baffled by how much of the chin itself is unused.  Can we start a petition for an official name change to 'jaw rest'?

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« Reply #10 on: Dec 18, 2016, 03:10:24 PM »
chin is actually pretty correct in my case. I move around on the chin rest but often use the chin when playing.:

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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #11 on: Dec 21, 2016, 03:58:32 PM »
here are the latest iterations of the chin rests.

the first one is actually a modified version of the very first one my dad made.
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Re: Custom made chinrest
« Reply #12 on: Dec 25, 2016, 05:39:09 AM »
My father is a cabinetmaker and also makes a lot of small wood cutting projects like custom knife handles etc.

In the recent month or so, he has been helping me towards a more ergonomic chin rest.

We are on the 4 generation ;)

Two things that really suprised me is how important the height is. Sounds trivial I know, but I have always compensated with a high shoulder rest, now I do not even need one!

The other thing is the shape - we did not need to go too weird (no molding of my chin)

Also the type of wood (or maybe just the weight) has an impact on the way my violin sounds!

Jansberg, that is super cool! I wish I had a custom chin rest! I think ideally I'd have a shoulder rest as well as chin rest made out of something like memory gel... but i digress.
It intrigues me what you said about the height, I've always been compensating with my shoulder rest's heigh as well as I have a long neck. But if it makes a big difference having a taller chin rest then I might have to look into that myself.

Hope it continues to go well.


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