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Chinrest covers

What type of chinrest cover do you use?  

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  1. 1. What type of chinrest cover do you use?

    • None
      9
    • Silk cloth
      0
    • Cotton cloth (nice one)
      1
    • Cotton cloth (dish or face cloth)
      0
    • Commercial cotton cover
      0
    • Commerical leather cover
      0
    • Commercial fake fur cover
      0
    • Commercial fleece cover
      0
    • Other
      3


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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?

 

  :)

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BTW...I differentiated between cotton cloths (nice - ie made of attractive fabric) and cotton cloths (what are obvious face cloths and dish cloths) because that's what I see the most of in 'real life'...

If you use other fabrics...polyesters, microfiber, ultrasuede...let us know!

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I use a large size Strad Pad--mainly to preserve the varnish on the bout below the chinrest (my viola has a soft varnish). It has also completely resolved my viola hickey (which wasn't bad to begin with) and is very comfortable. It adheres to the chinrest with velcro. 

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Rue-  I think you mean chamois or shammy, not sherpa.

Well...I did mean Sherpa leather (and I've seen the fake ones at some point)...but I can't find the link to them anymore. I did change it to fleece though (any kind), because that's the type of material I was wondering about...I'd think it's too hot...but maybe not.

Bit of a moot point...since so far we are in two camps...'none' or 'other'...lol.

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Putting a cushioning material over the instrument, especially a thick cotton towel, dampens the overtones like a mute. If you are gripping the instrument too firmly with your chin, I would suggest to stop using a shoulder rest as it will teach you to have a looser grip on the fiddle.

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Putting a cushioning material over the instrument, especially a thick cotton towel, dampens the overtones like a mute. If you are gripping the instrument too firmly with your chin, I would suggest to stop using a shoulder rest as it will teach you to have a looser grip on the fiddle.

Go for broke and take off the chinrest too :)

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My "other" is due to a structural defect in your test instrument (technical psychobabble for you didn't ask me right  ;) ).  What I use depends on things like heat, humidity, and makeup or lack of it, ranging from nothing (most usual) to a terry rag by way of silk scarves and such  :) .

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