The completely new Holstein Freedom Chinrest is a bold redesign of the modern chinrest. With 20% less surface area, and 25% less weight than a standard Guarneri chinrest, it's the most exciting thing to happen to chinrests since Louis Spohr!
Lighter is Better
The standard Guarneri chinrest weighs in at 60 grams, but the Holstein Freedom is only a mere 40-44 grams. That's 25% less mass attached to the instrument. Removing this weight and reducing the feet size means the violin can vibrate more freely, and will sound more resonant.
More Violin, Less Chinrest
The smaller size of this chinrest means that you can see more of your beautiful instrument, and less chinrest. The sleek design provides the ergonomics you need as a modern violinist, with minimal visual obstruction.
The highest point of this chinrest is 7/8 of an inch. Over the tailpiece the height is approximately 3/4 of an inch, where the chin sits.
Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen
The Freedom chinrest is sure to catch the eye of your fellow violinist because this unique design was made exclusively for Fiddlershop.com. Choose the wood type that compliments your tailpiece and pegs, or mix and match as desired.
- Currently available in Ebony, Rosewood and Boxwood
I have a Ming-Jiang Zhu G925A with boxwood fittings(or is it jujube wood...?) from 2014, before the Noble Heart workshop started fitting them with rosewood accessories. It has a wonderful, luscious, dark tone, though the Guarneri style chin rest that came with this model was rather uncomfortable to play on for long periods of time. I’d often quit practicing long before I wanted to. Enter this chin rest- for one, the rest has defied my expectations of possible discomfort due to there being less surface on the cup itself. It’s actually quite supportive on the left side where I tend to rest my chin as it curves up ever-so-slightly and holds my chin as well as my jaw in place(I am a die-hard fan of side-mounted rests on principle because of their ergonomic advantages towards my own way of holding my instrument). Plus, it looks pretty nifty in boxwood and matches my violin’s standard outfit. It’s maybe a shade lighter. I so wish I could upload a photo of it! I also ordered the Stradpet titanium chin rest U-clamp hardware along with this rest to further reduce the mass on the instrument and improve resonance, and the main advantages as far as sound goes are very significant. Not only does the total chin rest assembly weigh in at a mere 30 grams(!) including clamping hardware vs. 52 total grams for the old rest, but the top plate vibrates more openly and there’s a larger range of overtones that wasn’t there before. The upper register has never sung so sweetly, and my violin now produces more raw power over the entire tonal spectrum than I’d ever thought possible. I’m very satisfied with my purchase here. Thanks, Fiddlershop!!!
The quality is excellent but it’s not as comfortable as I thought it would be. I think that’s because it’s just to big for me though.
This chinrest works well. I let a couple of friends play my instrument. One commented that it looked different. It seems very comfortable to me.
This rest was sent in a timely manner and I wanted to check it out. It turned out to ride a little higher that I anticipated but I may still find myself using it in the future. Good rest.
Love this chinrest. "Freedom" is definitely the right name. I've been looking for something like this that would provide more ease of movement without feeling stuck and prohibited by squeezing with my shoulder and and collarbone. This is it!The violin can rest across my collarbone and I can move my left hand and arm much more freely than with traditional chinrests.
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