Latest Accessories Reviews
Andrea Solo Viola Rosin
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DWIGHT BROWN
reviewed on: 11/21/2014
$33.00 rosin seems a bit much, but I was feeling experimental..... This is great stuff! It gives loads of volume and super articulation. It really wakes up your viola. I am using a Whedbee 16" viola and a C. Colinette 71 gram bow with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold C,G,D and a Larsen A. I would recommend you try this product.
Kun Bravo Shoulder Rest - Hardwood and Solid Brass
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/18/2014
Same great shape and comfort... but different padding?
I recently purchased my second KUN Bravo... my first was retired after 10 years of near constant use from high school through conservatory through the beginning of my career. The padding had worn down - albeit so gradually that I only noticed when I borrowed a friend's violin and felt their thick comfortable padding - and didn't feel the wooden edges. "Hey.... wait a minute! One of these things is not like the other..." So I bought a new one. It was bliss... for about a month. Then the foam started to break off in chunks at the ends of the rest and in the middle where it contacts my shoulder. CHUNKS. What on earth? Did KUN make changes? Are they using some new, cheaper foam padding? A few months later, and there have been no new foam-bergs breaking off... but it's wearing very, very fast. I love this rest - it's comfortable, it doesn't fall off my violin, it's elegant - but I hate that it's not holding up as well as the first one.
AcoustaGrip Protégé Shoulder Rest - for Violin or Viola - fits 1/2-1/10 Violin or Small Viola - Charcoal
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/12/2014
Very comfortable, easy to use.
Both of my children have been using AcoustaGrip shoulder rests for about a month - they love them! We have tried many different shoulder rests (Playonair, Kinderchinder, Kun, etc) especially for my very picky 7 yr old, and this is the first one that keeps the violin up in the correct position and is comfortable even during longer practice sessions.
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/10/2014
I am an adult student and have struggled with an incorrect hand position for many months. This was very frustrating for me as a student. I purchased this product and noticed results right away. I could feel that I was utilizing my muscles in my right arm and the shape of my hand has dramatically improved. I would encourage anyone to purchase this as a teaching aid. I am anxious to see how much I improve with regular use of this product. Thank you! Sheila
Gig-N-Go Folding Music Stand
REVIEWED BY: AMY REID
reviewed on: 11/08/2014
The ever shrinking music stand
I have to agree with another customer review. Initially this seemed like a great stand, better than others I had previously seen...plus it came in blue! In less than one year the adjustment screw to hold the legs in place started stripping and it wouldn't stay up. Like other customers, my husband switched it with one of the other screws. Now, three years into using this stand, none of the screws will hold, so it is useless. In addition, the bag never was the right size to hold the stand. It ripped within the first month, so my grandmother made a new, more durable carrying bag. I would now purchase this stand again.
Bonmusica Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: Student, Ron Blair
reviewed on: 11/06/2014
Amazing shoulder rest
My story with this shoulder rest is different than most. I am a beginning student at a university. I also have a rare neurological pain disorder called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It affects the left side of my face (bad for playing). This shoulder rest has made a world of difference. The adjustability has allowed me to play in proper position, without putting a lot of pressure on my left jawline (where my worst pain is). Without this shoulder rest, I would probably not be able to play. I would highly recommend this shoulder rest to anyone, but especially to those with chronic pain/neurological issues.
Wittner Hypoallergenic Plastic Viola Chinrest - Center Mounted
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DWIGHT BROWN
reviewed on: 10/23/2014
Just about right!
I like the Wittner chin rests very much indeed. I use the center version on my viola and violin. They seem to be very ergonomic and well engineered. I like the rounded tapered clamps. They are very easy to install with the included screwdriver, just be sure to have the clamps fully seated in the rest proper. It is quite light and gives very good clearance for the tailpiece. I wish they would make a hybrid version with boxwood or ebony, but barring that this is pretty great.
Perfect Violin Shoulder Rest - One Size
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, LUCY MANNING
reviewed on: 10/10/2014
Great Shoulder Rest - almost Perfect!
I just retried a variety of pads and chinrests as I continue to find a good set up for me (I've been playing for 55 years!). The PSR shoulder pad is excellent! It is firm enough for some support, but flexible enough to allow freedom of playing. If it came with the adhesion type of the AcousticGrip, it would definitely be the Perfect Shoulder rest for me!
Liebenzeller Copper I Violin Rosin
REVIEWED BY: Student, HEATHER HERTTNA
reviewed on: 10/02/2014
I wasn't happy with the rosin I had been using and read an article about Liebenzaller rosin so I thought I would try it out. I was really surprised at how big of a difference it made to my violin's sound. It lives up to the description here and produced a very even, smooth and loud tone across the entire bow. There was very little dust and I didn't feel like the bow was slipping at all which seemed to happen quite a bit when I was using my other rosin. I am impressed!