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Based on 24 Reviews
Reviewed On: 08/30/2021
I love this shoulder rest, it's got a lot of support. But weeks after buying it, the foam on the instrument holding edges started to deteriorate. I'm disappointed that a fifty dollar shoulder rest would have this problem mere weeks after I purchased it.
Yes | 1 person found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 05/13/2021
Does your shoulder rest just chill on your shoulder with no violin attached? This one does! Very adjustable and bendable. Super comfy!
Yes | 6 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 05/21/2020
My daughter has a long break and this shoulder rest fit her perfectly. I thought it would be great for that reason. However, I started to learn violin and it's unbelievably comfortable for be too! Now her younger sister tried it and we need to order another one. I cannot rave enough about this shoulder rest! It's so versatile! Unlike usual rests, there are so many different ways to adjust it for the perfect fit! Holding the violin is completely effortless.
Yes | 16 people found this review helpful
My violin teacher Ann Fontanella told about the Bonmusica violin shoulder rest! Since my neck is long! very combine it molds to your shoulder and neck very awesome!!
Yes | 19 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/11/2018
I decided to give the Bonmusica a shot after both my teacher and a friend recommended it. It was one of the best decisions I have made for my playing! I grew up using a Kun and switched to a Viva La Musica Diamond rest 3 years ago when it was time to replace my Kun. The Viva was great and super comfortable; however, with both the Kun and the Viva, I found that I was constantly readjusting my instrument on my shoulder, and aspects of my technique suffered because of this. The Bonmusica keeps my instrument secure on my shoulder, allowing me to travel around the fingerboard more freely than before, thus easing some left hand tension I didn't know I had. It took some experimentation with the different ways I could adjust it, but I'm so happy that I've made the switch.
Yes | 66 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 02/09/2018
I've tried many different shoulder rests, coupled with a variety of chin rests, and loved how this one adjusted to fit my shoulder, especially the curve that helps it stay on so very well. I have a long neck, and really needed the height this one offered, much more than many others. My first one was well worth the high price tag, but it started falling off after several years of playing, so I bought another, knowing the 1st had made it through many hundreds of hours of practice, teaching and performing. It adjusted well, but started falling off my instrument in a matter of only a few months, and I had to adjust it frequently since it didn't hold it's shape or height adjustments well. A great shoulder rest, but not made as well as it used to be. I'm trying to decide whether it's worth buying another that may break down as fast as the second one--the 1st one was fantastic on all accounts.
Yes | 112 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/21/2017
We just started playing the violin. Her teacher recommended this rest particularly. My daughter said it felt really good on her shoulder. However, about a month after the purchase, it split, right where it curves. now I have to order another. I will try this one again. I hope we have a better outcome.
Yes | 152 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 01/19/2016
I am a beginner fiddler. This rest stabilizes the instrument much better than other rests I tried to use. That wiggling fiddle was very hard to play! The wiggling is over now!
Yes | 507 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/13/2015
I have been struggling with the comfort and fit of shoulder rests for most of my career. They have never seemed to provide enough support and be contoured to me to really work. When I ended up with tendon issues in my left hand that forced me into physical therapy and were a result of squeezing with my shoulders in order to hold my violin up properly, I had to look to a new rest. A colleague insisted I try Bonmusica - I was reluctant partially because it is mostly metal and seemed cumbersome. I was in no position to say "no" - my colleague took the time to help me adjust the rest to what would be comfortable for me, and to my surprise, it really worked for me from the beginning. Playing the violin almost became effortless. I have been using Bonmusica for the past four months, and would not hesitate to recommended it to others.
Yes | 432 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/06/2014
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.
Yes | 595 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/05/2014
My story is a bit different; I am trying to play violin again after brain surgery. With some lingering nerve damage & neck issues I wasn't quite sure if I would be able to accomplish this. I researched chin rests & shoulder rests. After much comparison (and reading review after review) I decided to go with the Bonmusica. I am absolutely thrilled with this shoulder rest in the short time I have used it. It is adjustable, bendable, and fits comfortably over your shoulder to prevent the violin from slipping. This was a must for me with my physical limitations. I needed something that would prevent me from titling my head or scrunching my shoulder to hold the violin up. It was easy to adjust and manipulate the shoulder rest to fit the exact curvature of my shoulder and over my collarbone. The Bonmusica has foam padding on the bottom side; thin but just enough to prevent any discomfort for me. It also "sticks" the violin to my body and I feel very comfortable with the set up. It is a very snug fit on my 1950's German violin. I've used the $12-ish shoulder rests that fall off and never seem to fit the instrument no matter how much you try to adjust them. I've read reviews that consider it an inconvenience that the Bonmusica doesn't fit inside the violin case. Simply keep the box it came with and cart it around in the original box. I'd say it's about 1 x 8 inches in size. I find the Bonmusica to be worth every penny. Definitely German engineering at its finest :=)
Yes | 588 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/04/2014
Seems like I've tried every shoulder rest in the known universe. This one is the most adjustable. With my narrow shoulders, protruding collarbone, and high neck, it worked the best of all of them, especially since I could place it at a high angle. It is lightweight too. Not fitting in my violin case is a minor issue.
Yes | 630 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/19/2014
Like it keeps my violin in just the right spot. takes a little adjusting and awhile getting use to but couldn't do without it now.
Yes | 646 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/20/2013
I tried this one out at the store. And it made me feel very stable.The only thing I did not like was that it does not have much cushion and was hard on the shoulder.I like though that it is very much adjustable.
Yes | 526 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/19/2012
Once I got the shoulder rest in the correct position for my shoulder it made a WORLD of difference! Absolutely love it so far. So far the pieces are staying together and it seems to be a high quality product. I highly recommend for anyone with shoulder or back pain as it seemed to reduce the stress put on my shoulders during a rehearsal. Currently recommending to students.
Yes | 576 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/04/2012
This shoulder rest design has been a great help in relieving my neck/shoulder tension, but the foam pads came off after just a few months of use.
Yes | 603 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/06/2010
I love this shoulder rest as it is very supportive and extremely comfortable. I have one that has lasted for 5 years being used every day w/o problems; however, the last three that have been ordered by my students have had the foam peel completely off anywhere from 2 days-3 mos. after purchase. Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend this product. Hopefully, Bon Musica will fix the problem.
Yes | 612 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/01/2010
I buy this shoulder rest in all sizes by the dozens for my students! I haven't found any other that has worked so well for so many different sizes and shapes of students. It's so adjustable and bends right around your shoulder so it doesn't slip off. It works great for all ages but especially for young students so they don't have to focus on keeping the violin/viola up there.
Yes | 659 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 05/28/2010
The Bonmusica is very adjustable, stable and comfortable. My only complaint relates to durability. The padding came off of the feet, the screws broke, and it needs to be tightened regularly. I do not see replacement parts offered, as for the Kun.
Yes | 747 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/21/2010
I have sloping shoulder so I have to use a lot of padding on the Kun shoulder rests that are really popular but didn't work for me. My teacher suggested this shoulder rest and when I tried it out, it was perfect! I love it so much. The price is well worth buying this! I don't have to squeeze anymore or hold really tight to keep my violin from slipping. It's the best!
Yes | 646 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 03/16/2010
Rest snapped after about 11 months. Like so much, will order another one.
Yes | 626 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 12/29/2009
I've had this shoulder rest since summer 2003 and it's still looks almost new, only slightly worn, though it's my only shoulder rest and I use it a lot. I've played 10 auditions with it and worked a lot. Not to mention how adjustable it is, I just love it! Plan to buy another one for my husband ;)
Yes | 665 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 01/07/2009
This shoulder rest is wonderful! I got one for myself two years ago because no other shoulder rest would work for me. I got one for my student and her posture is wonderful now! It seems to work for every body. You just bend it to fit you.
Yes | 666 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/25/2008
pros: Very flexible. Easy to change in heigth and angle.)specially useful when swtiching between wearing a formal or normal cloths( gives comforatable hold. Say goodbye to chin marks for good. cons: PLastic cap of the screw might pop out sometimes. Works absolutely fine without the cap. Does not fit into most interior pocket of violin cases
Yes | 650 people found this review helpful
Asked On: 04/12/2021
Hi Amber, thank you for your question! The 3/4 would bit a little snug, but should fit on the 7/8.
Yes | 7 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 04/01/2021
Hi Christy, thank you for your question! We would recommend getting the 3/4 size shoulder rest for the 3/4 size violin.
Yes | 6 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 12/14/2020
Hi Jason, thanks for the question! The Bonmusica has a ton of options to customize the fit of the rest, and if you're having trouble finding a rest that fits well this would be an excellent option! This will have a similar weight to the Bravo, though. If you're looking for a lighter shoulder rest you may prefer a Mach One (Item# 1377 P 44) or a Perfoma (#PFW44 / PFP44).
Yes | 10 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 01/14/2019
Hello Emily! The feet on this shoulder rest are not collapsible. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Yes | 53 people found this question helpful