These red sponges are the perfect solution for violinists and violists who play without a standard shoulder rest but still want a comfortable, non-slip contact point for their collar bone. These can also be attached to the bottom of any shoulder rest for additional padding.
Attaches with a rubber band from end button to bout (included!)
Now available in two sizes:
- Tall (approx. 15mm)
- Regular (approx. 10mm)
Instead of using rubber bands, violinists sometimes attach these by applying a few coats of rubber cement to the sponge. The rubber cement must be completely dry before sticking it to the instrument. It can stick to the back of the instrument and be removed multiple times as long as it is kept clean. It is extremely advisable to test this first in an inconspicuous spot on your instrument to see how the varnish holds up. Fiddlershop is not liable for damage to your instrument if you attempt this.
I’m a beginner and shoulder rest junky (now using a Wolf forte secondo after having started with a Bonmusica) but every now and then I flirt with learning to going restless. This little pink sponge has a surprisingly big impact. Until I make that leap, I finding it good practice to play occasionally with the sponge. It reminds me that I don’t need to crunch the violin for dear life between shoulder/collarbone and chin/jaw.
I was taught to play the violin without a shoulder rest, but with a sponge. Well that was more than 20 years ago. Today I can’t find those types of sponges anymore because I think the sponge companies changed the way they made the sponges. However love the feel of this rubber pad, it’s perfect. It doesn’t dry out, it is better than what I used.
Absolutely amazed with how well this sponge works. If you are looking to go without a shoulder rest but need a little bit of something for grip and to close the gap, it works wonders! Side note; my package (which included some other items) arrived two days ahead of schedule. Fiddlershop rocks!
I've never been a fan of shoulder rests with my viola but do like something for a bit of traction. These sponges are fantastic and last a long time. I do replace the rubber band included with a lower-tension silicone band, but the ones that come with are good and sturdy too. I recommend them to anyone looking for a little something that feels as close to nothing as something can.
Love using this sponge shoulder rest. When position correctly on the collar bone relief is instance. No pressure or rubbing on the bone. Happy I purchased this item and a spare!
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