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Mach One V-16 Viola Shoulder Rest

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Mach One V16: The Ergonomic Shoulder Rest for Violists

The legendary fit and feel of the Mach One in an updated high-tech version. The V16, for viola, has the unique highly-curved shape that so many violists have discovered, but in a more economical and lighter synthetic double-injected version. Firm and comfortable support, with a ridged rubberized material for added grip. Easily washable. Adjusts to fit most violas with a lower bout measuring between 235mm-270mm (9.25”-10.6”). See images for how to measure the lower bout.


Mach One V-16 Viola Shoulder Rest

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9/28/2020 1:19:00 am

So comfortable!

I have been searching for the perfect shoulder rest for years and I've tried everything. I've taken recommendations from everyone, but every musician's set-up is different! Nothing has been comfortable because I need a low set-up, but a sponge just isn't enough. When I saw this wonky-shaped Mach one, I had to give it a try. I was skeptical because there isn't really any padding, and the shape is so different. However, as soon as I put it on my viola, I noticed a major difference. I no longer need to shift the position of my viola while playing because it stays on my shoulder. The rubberized bottom is comfortable, even thought there isn't any traditional padding on it. It doesn't feel "hard" or like it is "digging in." I was surprised, but I am so happy with this shoulder rest!

3/24/2013 11:45:00 pm

Pleasantly surprised by this shoulder rest!

I was skeptical about the lack of padding and this shoulder rest felt a little stiff compared to my Kun the first time I used it, but after a day or so I was completely hooked. The rubbery surface is very stable while playing and the shape/angle is so comfortable for me that I don't even miss the padding! As a violist with a long neck it's been hard to find a shoulder rest that keeps everything at a comfortable height and angle for me but this one seems to do the trick. I've had no issues with the feet slipping and sliding off while playing and my viola feels more resonant with this shoulder rest compared to others I've used.

8/23/2012 8:45:00 pm

Mach One injection mold shoulder rest

I really like the design of this new Mach One. The hook at the shoulder and the nubby strip keep my viola from sliding and there is a slight bit of "give" as well.

7/2/2009 12:43:00 am

First viola shoulder rest

I just started playing viola and got this shoulder rest. The shoulder rest seemed uncomfortable and took a while to get used to (maybe partly because I needed to get used to holding the viola itself), but after I got used to it, it's actually pretty comfortable. Like it a lot