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've been using a Strad Pad for years and it makes all the difference! I used to have an **** callous on my jawline from it rubbing from against the chin rest while practicing. Ever since I started using a Strad Pad, that callous has gone away and practicing is lot more comfortable. I tried a bunch of different chin rests hoping to find something that was more comfortable, but I found it wasn't the chin rest that was the issue. It was just that the surface of the chin rest was too hard and irritating to my neck. Having that soft Strad Pad cushion made playing so much more comfortable and I definitely feel more relaxed now. I would highly recommend this product.
I use a washcloth… I think it works better. I think mine didn’t come with instructions or they were too weird for me to follow. I’m not sure what the alcohol is for and where things stick, so I don’t use it.
It makes the chinrest much more comfortable, and a more secure hold for my setup. I don’t use a shoulder rest so that is important.
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.
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.