Zaret Shoulder Rest

Item # : 1399L


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The Zaret Shoulder Rest, a simple but effective solution for students' shoulder rest woes, comes in three sizes:

Extra-Small: 10.5cm long, 5cm wide, 1.75cm - 3cm high (for 1/16-1/8 size)

Small: 13.5cm long, 5.5cm wide, 2.2cm - 4.5cm high (for 1/4-1/2 size)

Large: 16.5cm long, 5.75cm wide, 2.5cm - 5cm high (for 3/4-4/4 size)


Zaret Shoulder Rest

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2/2/2019 1:58:00 am

many tiny particles came off of this shoulder rest.

This was a terrible shoulder rest. The shape is fine. The problem was that many tiny tiny particles came off of it - and you could see them sitting inside the bottom of the bag it came in. My daughter placed this playfully on her eyes....and many particles got inside her eyes and irritated her one eye so much, I had to take her to the opthomologist. The doctor said she did not have scratches on her cornea as we thought, but inflamation under the eye lid. I have bought other shoulder rests like this, and they never had particles coming off of it!!!! Do not buy.

4/11/2017 4:11:00 pm

Not recommended

I used to love this shoulder rest. However, twice I ordered it and the material is grainy. I can't use it at all now since the material leaves a residue on my hands and instrument.

6/16/2016 5:50:00 pm

Grainy and Too Short

Leaves a mess on anything it touches. Very grainy residue. I purchased these to try out as an alternative to the Polypads as these are cheaper and I like supporting Sharmusic. But unfortunately, the cheaper price seems to have come with cheaper quality. I was also disappointed that the medium size dramatically decreases in length as well as height so that if a player needed a shorter height but uses a full size instrument, it does not work well.

Nancy Paulson
4/18/2016 8:52:00 pm

Zaret Shoulder Rest

Great product to keep on hand for beginning students, or for those who forgot their shoulder rest at home.

4/12/2014 7:11:00 pm

Great product and price, size?

My students and I find this shoulder rest to be perfect for the tiny violins and shoulders, however, I can never remember which size goes with each size of violin. Why isn't this listed in the description??

7/26/2013 6:27:00 pm

violin size match

Here a list of which size shoulder rest fits which violin size: Extra-small for 1/8 size and smaller violins Small for 1/4 and 1/2 size violins Large for 3/4 and 4/4 violins and violas

4/27/2013 11:13:00 pm

My favorite shoulder sponge.

Simply the best cushion, for people who don't use shoulder rests. Just slip under your shirt. (it won't work as well however to attach it directly to the violin, because of its rough texture, and because it would mute the sound somewhat - so it's recommended for people who perform in shirts). Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, there are many people who perform with cushions in their shirts and no shoulder-rests - and this is a particularly good one as it won't move or slip around under the shirt, as it has a rough texture that makes it kind of sit in place. If it's too thick, you can cut it, but it will eventually become too thin as it gets broken in - you can just do what I do: I put some books on top of it for a few months until it's softened up, before you use it. At that point it'll be the right height (I think the height when it's new is a bit too high for most people)

4/16/2012 3:18:00 pm

Zaret rest

Much happier with this rest than a traditional SR. Yes, some particles come off, but just rinse thoroughly with soap and water before use, and you won't have any issues.

6/28/2009 12:38:00 am

Please go back to the previous material!

I have relied on these shoulder pads for my students for years because I like the shape and firmnessóbut the last few batches started to disintegrate even before they arrived (as evidenced by the debris in the plastic bag), and I canít give them shoulder pads that leave black ìsandî on their violins and their clothes. I will be looking for an alternative until this gets fixed.