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  1. Can a chinrest be like this? With this particular one, not all the cork is touching the top plate, the contact is only at the edge.
  2. Hello everyone, I am looking for some help in staining chinrests to ebonize them. I make specialty chinrests, and use African Padauk due to sustainability, availability, price, and especially tone quality. Some clients, however, are asking for ebony-colored models, and I'm having a difficult time finding a durable solution for the color alteration. I've tried india ink, leather dye, shoe dye, and hair dye, and while they can look good, they tend to weep off due to the heat and perspiration from the constant contact with the jaw. Black spray lacquer looks okay, but tends to rub off on the corners. I've heard of not sealing a chinrest completely, in order to keep from slipping around on the surface, but am wondering about some sort of sealant in order to keep the color intact. Guitar makers have processes to dye their instruments, but I don't know if those would be appropriate for the requirements of a chinrest. Currently I use Minwax Antique Oil Finish on the bare Padauk, and that looks nice, but I am looking for effective and durable colorants and sealants for keeping this color intact. Anyway, any help in this area would be most deeply appreciated, and thanks so much!
  3. Hello, I just recently bought my first violin, but the chinrest was a little uncomfortable. While I was trying out violins I remember the chinrest on a Knillin silver medallion was very comfortable, the only problem is that I have no idea what kind of chinrest it is. It looks like a Dresden but its small and has a deep scoop or cup (I don't know what its called). It's the violin on the left in the picture. Both are full-sized violins.
  4. Hello All, Can any of you identity the chinrest in the pic that is attached? I’m looking for a side mounted large cup Flesch shaped viola chinrest that has some coverage over the tail piece. I have tried a center mounted Flesch but it placed me too far center.The chinrest in the pic looks like exactly what I need. Thanks George
  5. Hello experts - I need some help on restoring the finish on my chinrest. The finish is coming off, and the raw (still stained) wood is exposed, which means it's absorbing perspiration and other nastiness. I believe that this was caused by somebody (ok, it was me) applying Hill Violin Cleaner and Polish to the chinrest. I thought it would polish it up nicely, but instead it seems to have taken off the finish in a bad way. I have the tools to properly remove the chinrest, but am not sure what would be the best way to restore a finish without replacing the chinrest entirely (not desirable, since it fits me perfectly). I'm not a luthier, so I don't have any experience with varnishes in that sense, but I do have woodworking experience. I just don't want to apply the wrong finish which would make things worse. Any advice? I was thinking of using beeswax as a simple solution.
  6. Just for fun... I have noticed that most(?) people use the popular Guarneri-style chinrest and that is ubiquitous on almost all new instruments at this point in time too. BUT...I have seen many people putting their chins on the cross piece...not even close to the actual rest. So, if that's the case, why wouldn't those folks use centre-style chinrests? Isn't having your chin resting on a bumped up cross bar more uncomfortable? Pics below: Guarneri, centre mount Example of a center-mount (there are many versions):
  7. Having come across a violin with a chinrest type I had not seen in decades, I find myself a failure in trying to come up with keywords that would narrow my search for reading materials on this. I'll try posting a JPEG here and hope anyone is kind enough to give me guidance. Thanks in advance. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57727070/rare-chinrest%3DSFW.jpg
  8. I salvaged this chinrest off of a yard sale fiddle years ago that I probably threw in the trash. But the chinrest was interesting. I wouldn't recommend that anyone try to use it though. It has three adjusting barrels. The center one clamps it to the instrument, while the outer two adjust the elevation and inclination of the cup. The result is that the chinrest cup itself is kind of wiggly. Still, I'm impressed by the high quality manufacturing standard. The devil's in the details, and this maker took that to heart. The adjusting barrels have those rings formed into them that have no other purpose but aesthetics. The bracket is elegantly filigreed, and even the patent declaration on that bracket is done with style. The texturing in the ebony cup's surface is carefully done, by hand I suspect. Here's a link to the original U.S. patent, if you're interested: http://www.google.com/patents/US439199 Has anyone seen one of these before?
  9. Yesterday, while watching Paganini 24 videos performed by various artists, both historical and current, I was watching one violinist fussing with a cloth chinrest cover. Whatever works for you...works! However, I know that a cloth would drive me cuckoo...thankfully I don't need to use a cover (*knockonwood*) but it did have me wondering how many people do and if so, what do they use - and why?
  10. Anyone knows the model name of that chinrest? I'm sorry I've found no more pictures of it on the net
  11. I'm needing some help from the Maestronet gurus. I am making chinrests and need help with finishing them. They are walnut, as it is easily available and inexpensive, looks somewhat like rosewood, and is dense enough to not really dampen the sound, and am finishing them with beeswax and turpentine. For some people, though, the beeswax wears off quickly. I just found a superglue solution on another thread on here. Any suggestions at all would be most helpful and deeply appreciated. Thank you so much.
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