Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size
Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size

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Performa Thermoplastic Polymers Violin Shoulder Rest in 4/4 Size

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“Never fight gravity when you play.” Acclaimed violinist Cyrus Forough said this – then spent years developing this shoulder rest. Available at a lower price point than Performa's traditional wooden shoulder rest, this thermoplastic polymer version is also the preferred choice of many violinists. Why polymer instead of wood? Well, a sizable number of musicians prefer the heavier weight of polymer, finding that it gives them greater balance and stability while playing.

This patented shoulder rest for violins is completely
customizable in height (11mm to 25mm) and thickness (2mm to 5mm). It releases tension, unifies both player and instrument, and makes your playing comfortable and natural.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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Celia Tomlinson
fantastic

this shoulder pad is so comfortable!

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Charles
Comfortable & stays on, but needs grippier padding and greater height options

In recent years, I've settled on Kun - collapsible & original, non-folding- rests. They've generally served me well. .) I gave the Performa a chance. It stayed on the instrument satisfactorily, and I found it comfortable. HOWEVER: 1. The foam pad is not grippy at all, certainly compared to the Kun padding; the Performa slid around on an everyday cotton shirt - not some slippery fabric. The Performa wouldn't work for me in performance for that reason - it just wasn't stable for me. 2. I couldn't get enough height out of the adjusters to be comfortable for me, and I have an average-length neck. Both threaded feet ran out of screw threads before I got a height that worked for me. My recommendations for product improvement would be: 1. A different, grippier polymer for the padding; and 2. Longer screw threads (and probably deeper screw housings on the underside of the rest itself) to provide an option for greater height.

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Nancy Brown
Does not stay on the violin - keeps falling off

This would be good IF it stayed on the violin. I got in the mail and put it on my violin and went to orchestra rehearsal and it kept dropping off all night long. Unfortunately, I'll have to return it.

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Donna
Performa shoulder rests

Too bad these shoulder rests don’t come in 3/4 size. I have asked before. I would buy them in a heart beat. They look very comfortable. And a decent chin rest. I have a short neck and bony shoulder. But I can’t find anything that fits comfortably. Thanks for listening.

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MICHAEL KILLION
Heaviest shoulder rest I have used and I love it

I just received both the wood and plastic performa versions. I lean more towards the plastic because it's heavier. Yes - heavier. The wood does look nice, but the heavier shoulder rest makes my Luis Clark carbon violin much more comfortable to play....it
brings the center of balance much more towards my shoulder. Before the performa, my "go to" shoulder rest was the Wittner Isny shoulder rest. I'm very biased on Wittner products. The Wittner Isny allows me to rotate and move my violin forward and back. The
Wittner doesn't "lock your violin in". If you're comparing, here are some specs: Performa Wood = 83gr / Performa plastic = 110gr / Everest EZ 4/4 size = 76gr / Wittner Isny = 48gr / Kun Voce carbon = 57gr / Everest spring blue 3/4 - 4/4 size = 72gr. The wide
shoulder area of the performa really does spread the weight out. The additional padding is nice too. I find the performa and wide platform balances out the weight of the violin better (and again much more closer to the body of the violin and your shoulder).
Like I said, I'm more biased towards the heavier black perorma model. As light as my Luis Clark carbon violin is, the heavier shoulder rest makes the carbon violin even lighter. In terms of dampening noise, you will need to rely on other comments and reviews.
For me, I cannot tell whether the wood vs. plastic models dampens the sound more or less. But I can tell that Wittner Isny shoulder rest produces the best sound (for me) because the Isny shoulder rest is completely floating from the body. I do notice any shoulder
rest that has to squeeze the body to stay on will dampen the noise a tick.....again - personal preference. There is no perfect shoulder rest for everyone....just a better or more perfect shoulder rest for you. For kids, I think the performa would be a good
idea too. The larger platform and additional padding layers could be a lot more comfortable for young kids and teenagers.

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