High Chin-Rests

Do you suffer from playing-related neck or shoulder pain?  Read on to learn how a high chin-rest can help!

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Having seen many of our customers suffer playing related injuries we believe it is important to promote knowledge about staying healthy as a musician. 

Athletes spend a significant amount of time conditioning their bodies for performance and success, and injuries are not only actively treated but prevented.  The increasingly popular "musician as an athlete" philosophy is leading many musicians to approach their discipline in a similar manner, enabling many to overcome pain and resolve issues with technique.

Maintaining mobility and flexibility, and developing greater awareness and coordination through use of methods like the Alexander Technique are highly recommended, but one often overlooked aspect of enhancing performance and health is ensuring that your instrument is fitted with the optimal chin-rest and shoulder-rest.  Many musicians select chin-rests based on the recommendations of their teacher or peers, or use the chin-rest that was sold with the instrument.  However, ill-fitting rests can result in displacement of the neck and skull over time, resulting in pain and muscular imbalance.  Whilst problems can seem minor initially, over years the results of allowing problems to go unchecked can result in needing to take time off work, surgery, or in rare cases, the end of a career as a musician.

We are pleased to announce we now offer taller versions of many popular chin-rests, which can greatly alleviate pain and discomfort in players with longer necks.  Click images at bottom of page to order.

Musicians with longer necks are most vulnerable to the problems caused by ill-fitting rests.  Some teachers subscribe to the view that players shouldn't use shoulder -rests; a player with a long neck may benefit from a higher chin-rest when playing without a shoulder-rest.  Even amongst players who already use shoulder-rests, for some the additional height provided by a raised chin-rest can result in improved alignment of the head, neck, and shoulders, which can prevent the muscles, ligaments and joints from strain.

Aside from avoiding pain, changing your chin-rest can improve technical ability significantly.  The site Violinist In Balance details the link between ill fitting chin and shoulder rests and technical difficulty.  It provides plenty of ideas on how to optimise your set-up.

  • As choosing a rest is a highly individual process, for anyone able to travel to Cardiff, we recommend booking an appointment to try various rests in order to make the best choice.  Fitting sessions are free for the first 30 minutes and then cost £20 per hour, or £ 5 every 15 minutes. Please call 029 20 22 77 61 to book yours.

Trial box scheme: Try any or all of our high violin or viola chin-rests (limited to one per model)

If you are unable to visit us we offer a chin-rest trial box scheme. Order  any quantity of high chin-rests from the ones listed below (limited to one per model) and we will post them to you immediately. All chin-rests sent back to us will be refunded.  Please note the time limit to return them is strictly two weeks.  Postage costs won't be refunded. However, they are significantly less than travelling to and parking in Cardiff! Please order online here : https://www.cardiffviolins.co.uk/high-chin-rests/ or call us on 029 20 22 77 61 (we prefer online orders if you can as it frees us to look after customers in the shop!).

These chin-rests are hand-made, in ebony that has been dehumidified in order to avoid risks associated to poorly dried wood. They are  typically 10 mm higher than standard ones. We no longer supply rosewood chin rests as it is a protected wood for which there are now restrictions on travelling with. Boxwood chin-rests will only be supplied with a firm order, paid in advance. They will take a few months to get to you. If you need an even higher chin-rest, we can organise it but please bear in mind that it can take a few months to get it as we have to wait till we need to order large quantities. Please let us know if you require anything special. Below is a comparison of heights between the standard and the high chin-rests.

Chin-Rest Specifications

FLESCH ORIGINAL                         High                                   Regular

Left corner                                        30 mm                                 20mm
Centre of bump                                15 mm                                 15mm
Centre of middle                               35 mm                                 25mm
Right corner                                      30 mm                                 20mm

ROUNDED FLESCH                        High                                    Regular

Left corner                                        30 mm                                 20mm   
Centre of bump                                15 mm                                 15mm
Centre of middle                               35 mm                                 25mm
Right corner                                      30 mm                                 20mm

OHRENFORM                                  High                                   Regular

Left corner                                        29 mm                                19 mm
Centre of middle                               32 mm                                22 mm
Right corner                                      32 mm                                22 mm

GUARNERI                                      High                                    Regular

Left corner                                        33mm                                  19 mm
Centre of middle                               33mm                                  19 mm
Right corner                                      33mm                                  19 mm

TEKA                                                High                                    Regular

Left corner                                        26mm                                  16 mm
Centre of middle                               27mm                                  21 mm
Right corner                                      33mm                                  22 mm

CARDIFF VIOLINS                          High                                    

Left corner                                        31mm
Centre of middle                               36mm
Right corner                                      38mm

We also recommend trying out the GelRest, which has been successfully used by many players to eliminate pain and reduce fiddler's neck.  Playing related pain is a complex issue, as a problem in one area is often transferred to another.  However, if your problem stems from the jaw/neck area then the Gel Rest may help.  Click here to learn more and order!

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