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Based on 4 Reviews
Reviewed On: 05/09/2016
I can honestly say that the Acoustagrip changed my life! I had been using an expensive Wolf shoulder rest, and I could never get it comfortable, no matter what I did. I've been using the Acoustagrip for a year and a half, and just ordered a second one because they were such a good price on sale at Shar. I don't take it off the fiddle until I'm taking it out, so I've only had to wash the back (to make it stick better) two or three times. It has not affected the finish of the fiddle. I have, however, dropped it on the floor sticky-side down a couple of times, and you really do have to keep the gripping surface pristine for maximum hold, but it still sticks fine. And for the price and the added comfort, I don't care if I have to buy a new one every year! I can buy three for what one uncomfortable mechanical rest costs! I plan to use Acoustagrips from now on!
Yes | 164 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/03/2015
I have been using the Acoustagrip Concertmaster Shoulder rest for over a year, and have been very happy with it. It's super light, comfortable, and supportive. Many of my students, ages 5- 18, have switched over and they have all loved them. It has even fixed the "sagging posture" with which many young students struggle. As a result, the bow angle is straighter, contact point is stronger, and tone is better.
Yes | 288 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/07/2015
I purchased this shoulder rest almost a year ago and was completely satisfied with its performance until very recently. It has not been holding up to the copious amounts of practice and performance that are required from a professional musician and the foam has almost begun to deteriorate. When I contacted the company's customer service, they explained the following: " I re-hair my bow every 6 months or less and for certain change my Strings no less that every 4 or 5 months and they cost much more than the $19.95 for the basic AcoustaGrip shoulder rest. It is a very unique item and fills a very positive need, and if nothing else is immensely comfortable and will not damage your violin." In other words, I believe they are admitting that this product has a shelf-life. If you buy this item, be prepared to buy it again after a certain period of time. While I admit that it worked wonderfully in the beginning, it would not be worth the 100$ spent every four years.
Yes | 471 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 02/11/2014
The AcoustaGrip allows for the weight of the head and the instrument to be placed on the balance line of the body, not on the rib cage, as with hard shoulder rests. Many of my students have switched over, and have loved it. In addition, they have customized theirs by trimming them. And it really does not mar the finish. One point: make sure that the back of the violin is clean; a dirty back lessens the needed suction grip.
Yes | 506 people found this review helpful