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Designed and developed by Canadian violin maker Peter Mach over 20 years ago, the famous "S-Shaped" Mach One has become a favorite with thousands of violists and violinists. Designed specifically for the player who has had suffered shoulder pain due to unsupportive rests. Beautiful and integrated design not only complements your instrument's wood and shape, but minimizes the size of the feet. Molded from a single piece of rubber, the feet will never damage your instrument. Although no shoulder rest will work well for everyone, the Mach One has gained legions of loyal users who say, "it supports so well that it feels like nothing at all!"
Based on 6 Reviews
Reviewed On: 04/08/2021
I bought this shoulder rest recently and I love it so far! I had been using a Kun plastic rest for 15 years and decided it was time for an upgrade. I'm impressed with the quality of the product itself, but the even better part is how great it makes my violin sound. I felt like I had reached a limit in terms of how nice of a sound I could pull out of my instrument (using a good bow, Evah Pirazzi strings) and was feeling a little frustrated that no matter what I tried it didn't sound as clear and rich as I wanted. I hadn't expected a shoulder rest to be a game changer, but this one certainly is! I'm not sure if it's because this rest is lighter weight or wooden or what, but it works beautifully. I may try the non-hook version too since I'm curious about the difference in fit, but I am thoroughly pleased with this purchase.
Yes | 7 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 12/24/2020
I've tried a number of violin shoulder rests over the years, looking for one that will help keep my violin from sliding forward off my shoulder. This has become a more urgent issue in recent months, since I've developed shoulder impingement & pain from my shoulder trying to do the work of keeping my violin in place. So I wanted a shoulder rest with a hook. I tried another popular shoulder rest, made of metal, that has a pronounced shoulder hook. But it didn't work for me because I have a short neck & this shoulder rest was just too big. I had to lift my head & crane my neck to hold the violin in place- which was quite uncomfortable. So then I decided to try the Mach One with Hook. From the moment I took it out of the package, I was impressed with the Mach One's sleek, stylish appearance. And I was even more pleased after a few moments of playing with it on my violin. I was easily able to adjust the feet to a comfortable height, so that my neck was comfortable & my violin rested snugly on my shoulder & upper chest. I found that I was able to play for over an hour without developing pain or tension in my shoulder. I'll look forward to using it even more, once I can resume playing in person with others at music jams & performances. I think this will make a huge difference in my playing comfort!
Yes | 12 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/14/2020
This will be my second Mach shoulder Rest, I can't said enough of how happy I am to find my ideal shoulder rest. I liked Kohn, but it kept falling out and not secured. This is the best one I ever used,. Again this may not be great for everyone, but open mind to try it out. You may be surprised:) Ping Wiener
Yes | 10 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 07/21/2015
This is an exceptionally well-made shoulder rest. The carved maple is without equal and looks great on most violins. The feet are precise and fit better than any shoulder rest that I have used. The two reviewers prior to this posting sold me on the Mach One w hook. They both emphasized the same thing - It locks in place on the user's shoulder. For one it was a positive attribute. The other felt it was a negative attribute. Given that I have completely failed to find any shoulder rest that would not slide off my shoulder, I felt that this should solve my problem. While I really admire the product, I experienced a disappointment. The Mach One w hook also slid right off my shoulder and I reluctantly had to return it. The Shar Music personnel readily received it. I rate the Mach One w hook as 5 stars based on my examination of the product and my attempt to use it. I do not feel compelled to downgrade it just because it did not fit my apparently unique shoulder characteristics. People are all different. It may work for you - It may not. However, I have no qualms giving it 5 stars based on the quality of the product. I really wanted to keep it but it just did not work out for me.
Yes | 361 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 10/10/2014
I own and really like the Mach M07 and thought I'd try the Hook as it might be even better. Not the case for me. You'd better like the position it locks you in because that's where you'll stay. I like to move around and this made me feel like I was fighting the instrument. After an hour I was not liking it. Back she goes but I still get to enjoy the M07.
Yes | 471 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 04/22/2011
I am very happy with my purchase of the Mach One Hook Shoulder rest! I have been playing the violin for ages and have struggled to find a comfortable shoulder rest...adjusting the height and bending the shoulder rest so it would fit better. I love how the curve of the Mach One perfectly fits the shape of my shoulder. The hook is great because it helps prevent the violin from sliding forward. I do believe my violin resonates better. And as an added bonus it is very elegant and the wood matches my violin perfectly. It's worth the money spent.
Yes | 405 people found this review helpful
Asked On: 12/19/2020
Hi Charla, thanks for the question! These legs are 3.5cm long
Yes | 12 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 01/03/2020
Hello Lynn! Playing without a shoulder rest is definitely not comfortable for most. This shoulder rest has an ergonomic shape that would ease your discomfort. The feet can be screwed in or out further to slightly adjust the height. If you think you may need more height, consider one of our Wolf shoulder rests, as they adjust up to 3 inches tall, where this Mach One adjusts to slightly over 2 inches tall. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Yes | 22 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 11/23/2018
Hello John! Unfortunately, we do not carry any replacement pads for the Mach One shoulder rests. I apologize about the inconvenience.
Yes | 54 people found this question helpful
Asked On: 05/16/2018
Hello Amanda! This Mach One is structurally similar to the Bonmusica and will likely feel the same and offer similar support. The Mach One will offer more resonance than the Bonmusica. If you are looking for something that would still give you the height and support you need, but will be more flexible and less restrictive, I would recommend the Wolf Primo Violin Shoulder Rest. I hope this helps!
Yes | 57 people found this question helpful