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Viva La Musica Diamond Viola Shoulder Rest Walnut

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The Concert Soloist's Choice, for so Many Reasons

Designed especially for the extreme demands of the concert soloist, European-made Viva la Musica Diamond shoulder rests combine comfort with practicality, freeing the artist to focus on the performance. The ergonomics start with fine solid wood carved into an S-shape, designed to distribute weight across the collarbone; this design significantly reduces fatigue, especially under grueling conditions. The patented Lateral Adjustment Clamping System, made from strong and flexible tool steel, absorbs stress instead of transferring it to the instrument, channeling stress away from the instrument itself; and they remain attached rather than sliding off when undergoing extreme performance conditions.

Your Viva Diamond shoulder rest is collapsible: Fold the feet after you're done playing, for easy storage in your case. And your Viva Diamond remembers your settings -- when you unfold the feet and place your Viva Diamond on your violin, you will not need to adjust it again.

The Viva la Musica Diamond shoulder rest is available in your choice of finishes: Light maple, dark maple, and walnut, and black or gold-plated foot hardware.


Viva La Musica Diamond Viola Shoulder Rest Walnut

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12/8/2020 11:47:00 pm

Low Expectations, Top Results

I ordered this VLM Diamond as part of my search for the "perfect" shoulder rest. This model was recommended by a friend who swears by them, but the construction didn't look tall enough for my long neck. I was wrong. Of the four shoulder rests I tried, this was the clear winner. Adjusting the VLM was odd, as the leg extensions can be angled as well as extended outward, but this is actually its strongest feature. By angling both legs to the same side, the VLM keeps its feet stable across the widest part of the bout, but brings the actual shoulder rest closer to your chin, allowing for greater use of the cantilever. Getting the cushioned rest closer to the collar means the legs don't have to be as tall. Also, the spring-steel extension on the one side also provides more "give" without sacrificing strength. With the VLM, I was able to play twice as long without feeling cramped or hunched. Well pleased.