The all new Holstein Comfort Chinrest is really comfortable. That's why we call it the "Comfort" chinrest!
Stylish and Functional
The Comfort Chinrest accommodates many different playing positions thanks to the strong, yet gentle curves. The high arch over the tailpiece is a delight for players looking for a tall chinrest, descending to more standard chinrest height in the center. Weights can vary as these are all hand-made individually. Here are the average weights;
Ebony 68 grams
Rosewood 58 grams
Boxwood 52 grams
- 28mm at highest point
- 19mm at lowest point
Lean Back and Get Comfy
The Comfort chinrest promotes a slightly tilted head position, as commonly seen by violinists like Vadim Repin, Joshua Bell and many others. However, it is delightful with more vertical head positions as well.
This is my review of the Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest. I was hesitant to buy this chinrest because I have so many chinrests, already. They never really do the trick, or will for a few days and then no longer. It is as if the reason they seemed to do the trick was simply because they were different under my jaw. Given that I am always happy with my Fiddlershop products, I decided to try this chinrest. Normally, I like a center mount, but with something on the side because I tend to move my violin around. I also cannot use a Guarneri, and I was, therefore, a little hesitant with the Fiddlershop chinrest. But again, my experience with the products they make convinced me to try it. I am extremely pleased that I did. HEIGHT Before I get into how comfortable the edges are let's talk height. I love the height of this chinrest. I usually have issues with that, and matching chinrest height with a shoulder rest. This chinrest height, for me, is perfect. I use it with the Fiddlerman Shoulder Rest, or Kun with collapsable legs. I would say I am average in shoulder to jaw. COMFORT Now, the best part of all. Fiddlershop said they paid attention to what they and others like and dislike about other chinrests and used that to design their chinrest. As I have said, Fiddlershop pays attention to customers. This chinrest, somehow feels so soft at the jawline. The gentle curves on the edges are so perfectly formed. I can't use a deep grip chinrest, it always hurts my jaw because they cut into me too much. This Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest looked deeper than I thought it would be. I kinda thought it would not work for me. Surprise! The curves at the edges are angled just right and curved just right, that it is extremely comfortable. CENTER VS SIDE CHINREST Remember that I prefer center chinrests? Well, this is to the side with the hook over the tailpiece. Usually, I cannot use them. I find this Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest actually works! I could not believe it. The section that hooks over the tailpiece also feels soft and comfortable. I am flabbergasted. LONG PLAYING TIMES WITH NO DISCOMFORT I have been using this chinrest a few days now and have been playing for 2 - 3 hours straight, a couple times a day, and shorter sections when I just grab the violin to play between chores, and have not had one issue. My chin, jaw and neck are not even sore. What a treat. For the most part, I do not even feel it or think about it while playing. The times I do think about it is just because I noticed how comfortable I was and took my violin off my shoulder to look at the beautiful Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest, then I start playing again. I do not consider this a distraction, I consider this a sign of good design . I don't think I have ever played my violin this much before. My cello and viola are going to get jealous. I do alternate my playing, but my violin with the Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest is getting much more playing time than before. My violin is just so comfortable now. It is so much more fun to play. I have a couple other violins and will be getting another Holstein Comfort Violin Chinrest for each. By the way, I purchased the rosewood and it is simply gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this chinrest, and Fiddlershop.
I bought one and it is the answer to my chin rest search! It really is comfortable and fits my style of holding the violin perfectly. I am now going to buy three more for my other violins. Connie Johnson
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