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Trying to identify this "minimalist" chinrest type

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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

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It would be fascinating if we could piece together the development of chin rests and shoulder rests with a timeline.  

 

One thing I think can't be argued is that they have grown larger and uglier with time.  The few modern attempts at more elegance of shoulder rests are welcome, but I don't see anyone using them.  I think the elegant ones are too flimsy-feeling and come off too easily.  Nothing worse than having one of these things come off in performance and bang into the back of your "retirement fund."   :)

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Addie awaiting the next challenging question.

That's the successor to the so-called "Spohr" chinrest.  I would guess 1880's.  Ads from magazines and catalogs should provide an early history of the chinrest.

 

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That's the successor to the so-called "Spohr" chinrest.  I would guess 1880's.  Ads from magazines and catalogs should provide an early history of the chinrest.

 

The_New_Boy_-_Los_Angeles_Herald.jpg

 

It seems that the chinrset was not very efficient and violin ran off his hands ...

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That's the successor to the so-called "Spohr" chinrest.  I would guess 1880's.  Ads from magazines and catalogs should provide an early history of the chinrest.

 

My sincere, heart-felt thanks, Addie.  You have been most helpful!

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It's a very early type, often called a Spohr chinrest, even though it doesn't match Spohr's illustration.

 

Hehehe…  obviously the illiustration (for a patent application?) shows the chinrest upside down.  :-)

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It would be fascinating if we could piece together the development of chin rests and shoulder rests with a timeline.  

 

One thing I think can't be argued is that they have grown larger and uglier with time.  The few modern attempts at more elegance of shoulder rests are welcome, but I don't see anyone using them.  I think the elegant ones are too flimsy-feeling and come off too easily.  Nothing worse than having one of these things come off in performance and bang into the back of your "retirement fund."   :)

 

I agree 100%, on all counts, Will L.

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