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Based on 9 Reviews
Reviewed On: 06/10/2019
I was happy to find a shoulder rest that curved over my shoulder instead of slipping down toward my chest. I used this very expensive rest for about 8 months, when the little plastic keeper, that the long metal screw screws into, stripped. I tried every other possible position, plus taping it shut, but it kept sliding out. That part is not for sale by itself. You can buy the end gizmos and more pads, but not the cheapest part, the only plastic part with pressure on it. Phooey.
Yes | 62 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/28/2019
I have been playing the viola for two years now and always struggled with holding the viola. It's heavy folks! I chose to try this shoulder rest because of it's ability to adjust to the persons shoulder and I am so glad I did! I have been using it for about two weeks and there is a huge difference. I am no longer trying to hold my viola up with my chin and my arm posture is a lot better. Plus I love the feel of it wrapping around my shoulder, it is worth the money for this comfort. Thank you!
Yes | 43 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/15/2013
I am professional violinist/violist, and have bought 2 of these, one viola, one viola, and both have broken after only a few months of use. I would expect a shoulder rest for over $50 would last several years, not just a few months. The part that broke was the flexible metal/foam covered main part, which is intended to be adjustable--ie you're supposed to be bending it to fit. However, this bending is apparently limited to a few times. I know of two other people with the same experience. So I have gone to another shoulder rest and wish I hadn't bought the Bon Musica, that money went down the drain. I am giving 1 stars since it was comfortable before it broke, perhaps it would be worth 2 stars if it wasn't so costly. Also the long screw part that sticks out on one side tends to get caught in clothing.
Yes | 510 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/04/2013
This shoulder rest is wonderful. When I got it was a little difficult but the rest was easy. The only thing I did was adding on the shoulder rest. Over all great shoulder rest.
Yes | 500 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/31/2010
Shoulder rests are very personal things. I really like this one. My viola feels lighter when I use the bonmusica, it is very comfortable, and I don't feel locked into a single position when I use it, which I was afraid of. However, I'm very frustrated with the sizing of this shoulder rest. I am currently playing on one 16 inch viola and one 16-1/2 inch viola. The 16 inch Bonmusica rest fits the 16-1/2 inch viola perfectly. It doesn't even come close to fitting my 16 inch viola. It is too small. A colleague had the same problem. She had to buy a 17 inch Bonmusica rest to fit her 16-1/2 inch viola. String length has little to do with the width of the lower bout. I wish the width dimensions of the shoulder rest were available on Shar's site. My advice? Try it out before you buy it to check sizing and comfort on your instrument.
Yes | 646 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/10/2010
I have wrestled with the viola for 10 years, til a recent string workshop where an instructor took the Bonmusica apart, putting it back together for a custom fit for me; the frame twisted and the legs adjusted to just the right height. It now looks weird, but the fit is perfect. We then strapped 2 foam cosmetic sponges to the leg that rests on my chest and I'm amazed at the difference. No more tension, even though I'm a small framed woman playing a 16 inch viola.
Yes | 647 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/18/2008
This shoulder pad is great if youve always needed a little more height than the Kun shoulder rests can provide or if you have a skinny shoulder that the Kun doesnt quite take full advantage of. This shoulder rest is completely adjustable to fit your own personal shoulder and has some long adjustable legs to boot. For serious starters I usually set kids up with this one too. It is abit expensive, but it tends to get kids started with exactly the right fit on their new instruments, as opposed to a foam block, sponges, etc. Give it a try!
Yes | 485 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/10/2007
Bonmusica shoulder rests are great for people like me with long necks and thin, sloping shoulders. Unlike the Kun, the Bonmusica has longer "feet" and can get the instrument closer to the chin, thus freeing the player from clenching the instrument between shoulder and chin. I haven't really adjusted the Bonmusica to hook over the shoulder so it still allows for the instrument to move if I need it to. I have two complaints about the Bonmusica. One is that it cannot be adjusted easily for the size of the instrument and the other is that it does seem to absorb a lot of the sound of the instrument.
Yes | 512 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/06/2007
I remember when these BonMusica shoulder rests became available, immediately causing backorders and delays because of word-of-mouth popularity. A number of my colleagues use this shoulder rest and swear by it, praising the "custom" fit they can create by bending the maleable metal frame. Now, shoulder rests are one of the most personal and subjective accessories for a string player, so my opinion is my own. However, there is one negative aspect of this item that can be seen as somewhat objective: Once the BonMusica has been bent/shaped to your liking, it is fixed until you stop playing and re-adjust it. While most shoulder rests are "fixed", The BonMusica has an extended piece that curves over the shoulder, literally locking the instrument into one position between your neck and shoulder. This may be a very positive attribute for a student looking to improve playing posture, but for an advanced player, it can be inhibiting and constraining. I know that Heifetz performed passionately moving little but his arms, but for the rest of us, the ability to shift posture, especially in a long concert, is a necessity. If you are curious about this shoulder rest, I would recommend borrowing one from a friend before buying.
Yes | 583 people found this review helpful
Asked On: 09/17/2020
Hi Jennifer, thank you for your question! Unfortunately, there is no adjustment for length, and it accommodates violas with a maximum lower bout of 9.5". For your viola, I'd recommend the Viva La Musica Professional XXL shoulder rest (Item# VLMP VX) as it can adjust to fit bouts between 8.75" - 10.25".
Yes | 11 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 08/26/2020
Hi Daniel, thanks for your question. This shoulder rest is available in 15 inch, 15.5 inch, 16 inch, 16.5 inch, and 17 inch sizes. You'll want to select the shoulder rest size based on the size of your instrument. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we'd be happy to help!
Yes | 12 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 10/28/2017
Hi Lorraine, thanks for your question. The 17" model is the largest size available and has a maximum width of approximately 8.5". For more information regarding large viola shoulder rest options, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help.
Yes | 81 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 10/25/2016
Hi Diane! This shoulder rest is available in 15" , 15.5" , 16" , 16.5" and 17" sizes. You need to select the appropriate size based on the size of your son's viola. If you're unsure of the instrument size, you may want to check with his teacher or take a measurement of the viola. Hope this helps!
Yes | 158 people found this question helpful