The Strad Pad is a soft latex pad which fits over the chinrest and curves down around to the back of the instrument. Velcro attachment style. Excellent for protecting the neck and chin area from the pressure of the violin/viola and allowing for a comfortable playing position.
- Easily Removeable
- No more fussing with bulky, insecure protection
- Tonal Clarity- No handkerchief muffling
- Foam-cushioned comfort and relaxation
- Two Sizes: Standard and Large
Either size can be used for full size violins as it depends on the style of chinrest you are using, and how much surface area you want to cover up. Smaller and usually side-mounted chinrest users may prefer the standard size while players with larger chinrests (Guarneri or Flesch-Hump for example) may prefer the larger size since they are wider and cover more of the chinrest clamps and endbutton.
- Standard - Ideal for fractional to full size violins
- Large - Full size violins and violas.
I play without a shoulder rest and don't like to squeeze hard on the chin rest. This does perfect to add a little friction to help keep a hold on the fiddle, and also absorbs sweat when it's hot which helps keep the grip.
It works well as a cushion but the material stinks. Even after washing it according to the instructions it still smells funny. It also takes a lot to get the soap out of it because the material is a lot like a sponge -when you think you've got all the soap out, you squish it and more soap comes out of it.
One of the best things I’ve found to make playing comfortable. No more violin hickies!
I have been playing violin for three years and am still working out the kinks of instrument positioning and stability. This chin rest pad definitely alleviated a lot of the discomfort i have experienced when playing. The pad is very versatile, and I think it could be used with most chin rest designs. I trimmed mine to fit and find it comfortable and discrete. I am also grateful for the help I have received from the Fiddlershop. They are knowledgeable, stand behind their products and follow up.
I recently decided to play without a shoulder rest. I first tried the pad as designed and found that it seemed to mute the sound some. I did find that it helped protect my neck from violin hickey but I still found that it of course did not help the discomfort on my collarbone. By adding a little Velcro and placing it so that the pad was on the back directly opposite it’s design, was much more beneficial. It prevents discomfort on my neck and collarbone and prevents the violin from slipping and doesn’t mute the sound. I can now relax my jaw grip on the violin and it has helped reduce tension. I am enjoying the freedom and tone of playing without a shoulder rest. The material and shape works well with addition of a little stick on Velcro to the bottom Chinrest bracket and to the back of the Chinrest to hold it in place.
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