Latest Accessories Reviews
Sartory Rosin in Octagonal Wood Case
REVIEWED BY: HELEN BOYNTON
reviewed on: 12/09/2014
I love this rosin - great for smoothness.
Kun Super Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: NICHOLAS PAOLELLA
reviewed on: 12/08/2014
Improvement Over the Standard Kun Shoulder Rest
I had an old regular Kun shoulder rest from years ago and finally decided I needed to upgrade since the foam padding on the old one has come off multiple times and I've had to glue it back on, and the rubber feet have been deteriorating. I like the new and improved feet on this rest better than my old one. I read some reviews prior to purchasing that said that the new rubber feet slipped off of the violin. I have not experienced this issue so far, and the nice thing about the Super rest is that you can adjust the rest to precisely fit your violin/the way you want the rest positioned. Also, the rest seems durable and the padding seems pretty much the same as the foam padding on my old rest (when it was new). I know other reviews (and myself, from experience with my old rest) have complained about the foam padding becoming un-glued from the plastic shoulder rest after some use. I just purchased this Super rest, so I haven't been using it long enough to determine if this still happens with this particular Kun shoulder rest. Overall, I would recommend this rest over all others I have tried so far (I have tried the Wolfe rests, the Bonmusica rests (both aren't bad), and the Mach One (which I thought was extremely uncomfortable and ineffective, despite how great it looks in the pictures). The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I have yet to find a rest that I have fallen in love with completely.
Mach One M07 Shoulder Rest
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/08/2014
Not For Me
I found this shoulder rest to be uncomfortable and ineffective. It did not have a cushiony/foamy material against my chest/breastbone, so not only was it uncomfortable, but it constantly slipped off of my chest even when applying pressure from my chin & neck. Furthermore, the contour of the shoulder rest had much more of a slope on the inner side of the rest than most other rests I have used, so rather than being angled to help the violin stay up in the air and parallel with the ground, it seemed to be sloped so that it made the violin lean downward when the rest was flush with my chest. I have tried the Kun, Wolfe, and other shoulder rests, and I would definitely say I liked this one the least. I would not discourage you from trying it if you having trouble with shoulder rests and are looking for other options, but I personally did not like this shoulder rest.
Artino SR-144A Shoulder Rest
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/03/2014
coming apart after short use
The design of this shoulder rest worked better for my child than Kun's. Unfortunately, the foam has started to separate from the base in two places after a few months of use. We are making do with it but not sure it will last as it should.
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.
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
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.
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!