The Gelrest Micro shoulder pad is perfect for the violinist who doesn't use a shoulder rest but still wants protection plus a surface that doesn't slide. Having this secure connection keeps a violinist from having to use excess tension to hold the instrument in place. The Micro is a super low shoulder rest and easily attaches to your instrument without sticky tape or rubber bands by using a new micro adhesive technology, derived from the study of the common gecko. Sticks securely and removes cleanly with no damage to your instrument. No more slipping and sliding!
The Gelrest-Micro keeps my fiddle from slipping off the shoulder. I have about twenty other shoulder rests. After using all of these, "comfort" means little for me because nothing but practice can make me a better player (darn!). With my short neck, the Micro is a good, no-hassel way to keep the fiddle where it is supposed to be.
It was perfect for me and fairly economal more practical than a shoulder rest (that I have never used) I recommend to anyone .
I can use a traditional shoulder rest on a Violin with satisfactory results. I was never able to find a shoulder rest that was comfortable when using the Viola. With the Viola I had constant irritation on my clavicle, even after trying several different styles. I switched to ( Gelrest - Micro ) and was much more comfortable. After moving the pad a few times I found a location that was very satisfactory. As a side note I can put the Viola in the case without removing a shoulder rest an unexpected and appreciated side result.
The product would be good, but it just keeps falling off, even fresh from the package. Frustrating—it’s my second one like this. I may try to find a way to adhere it w/out damaging my instrument. Basically, it’s perfect as a cushion & just the right size, but once you stick it on, keep your instrument under the chin & hang on!
I was very pleased when i started using the gel rest, and will continue to use it as my preferred shoulder rest as I often must play in a shirt with high collar which makes the violin too instable on my shoulder/collar bone (i don't use a chin rest or anything, i just rest the violin on my collar bone usually) Anyways it works well and is the probably the best product for the purpose, so i will continue to use it. However i have a few issues with it which is why i give it only 3 stars. I feel the grip could be better, the red sponges actually grip better than this item, so that was a bit of a disappointment as i expected it to be a bit more grippy. Further on the package it says you should removed the micro-rest after playing but on the website and everywhere it says you don't have to remove it, I do remove it after every session as i don't trust the adhesive enough to leave it on the violin for a longer period, I once forget to remove it after practicing and the next morning I felt like it was stuck a bit too well on the varnish, even though it did not leave a mark when i removed it. And now since i am removing every time the packaging it came with is not very hand for unpacking and repacking every time (however on the package it states to put it back in the package after use), as well you must put the contact paper back on to keep the maximum stickyness, not very handy, they could have easily put it in a container wit a smooth bottom that acts like contact paper. Furthermore the stickiness gets a lot worse the more you remove it and put it back, however with the wipe of a damp cloth it gets better, but you have to make sure it is dry before putting it back on the violin which is awkward. I have had it fall of the violin when I had the instrument angled on my collar bone but the gelrest was not touching my shoulder. So something to wacht out for if you are performing somewhere important, make sure it is clean and sticky.
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