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Shoulder rest refurbishment
« on: Oct 02, 2019, 06:08:03 PM »
Here's a little idea for anyone using a shoulder rest (eg Wolf), where the base is foam rubber. In time, the base surface wears smooth, and the rest slips off your shoulder.

I refurbished mine with some non-slip matting and elastic thread, as seen in the before-after pic.

Saved a bit of cash not having to buy a new rest!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4eia6h589z2bzqi/shoulder-rest-refurbishment-01.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1b6ho819plmp2b4/shoulder-rest-refurbishment-02.JPG?dl=0

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #1 on: Oct 06, 2019, 04:58:23 AM »
That's cool, Jim.
In my case it's the little rubber tubes on the grip part of the rest that's wearing out. Any ideas for that?
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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #2 on: Oct 06, 2019, 12:13:24 PM »
Yes. Go buy a Slingshot at Walmart. The stretchy part is a perfect fit.

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #3 on: Oct 06, 2019, 06:09:50 PM »
A slingshot! I'll try that - thanks.
I might feel a little weird buying a slingshot, but I can get over that!
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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #4 on: Oct 06, 2019, 07:55:35 PM »
The best part is that one slingshot will last you 50 years- you only cut off what you need for the rest.

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #5 on: Oct 06, 2019, 10:20:05 PM »
Hi Emma,

I guess Joe is right, although I don't actually know what a slingshot is - a catapult? The Wolf Rest rubber feet can be bought from most violin retailers for a few bucks/quid, and the upside to that is that you know they will fit, no need for measuring, cutting etc.

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #6 on: Oct 06, 2019, 11:21:56 PM »
Silicon rubber tube...forget the old 1970's "Illegal" slingshot/Catapult application... look up model plane launchers and go to any local RC model shop and you'll find exactly what Joe's referring too - will fit any Wolf/Kun et. al. rest you have with a bit of pushing and squeezing... ;-)

...which I suspect is why Kun changed their feet to custom moulds so you can't do that anymore.
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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #7 on: Oct 07, 2019, 04:19:22 AM »
And use a little Vaseline to get it to slide on easily.

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #8 on: Oct 07, 2019, 04:21:55 AM »
Silicon rubber tube...forget the old 1970's "Illegal" slingshot/Catapult application...

"Illegal?" Emma lives in a free country. They can be bought anywhere.

And a plane launcher IS a slingshot. It slings the plane into the sky.

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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #9 on: Oct 07, 2019, 11:23:09 AM »
"Illegal?" Emma lives in a free country. They can be bought anywhere.

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I'd like to think we all do... catapults banned here (UK) years ago for us youths when I was a kid, don't hear much about them these days. Just taken a look on ebay and there's some serious weapons available without restrictions, some have laser sights !!! So obviously "the law" is having no influence. The model shops just sell the tubing.
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Re: Shoulder rest refurbishment
« Reply #10 on: Oct 07, 2019, 07:00:36 PM »
...also .

Any rubber tubing with an internal diameter of 6mm will fit easily over the metal feet of the Wolf rest. I suppose soft tubing of any materiel would work.

You could put a bit of Vaseline (as Joe says) on the feet, and soften the tubing in hot water to make fitting easier.

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