Shoulder Rests: The Ideal Fit


Freelance violists Edmund Riddle and Kathi Von Colson join The Strad ’s editor Charlotte Smith and contributing editor Pauline Harding to test a range of shoulder rests – and discover enormous differences in weight, balance and comfort

For violin and viola players, choosing a suitable shoulder rest is an important and sometimes complicated process, which must allow equally for the individual’s physical build, and their concept of security and comfort. Player preferences can range from intricately personalised and exacting set-ups to using no shoulder rest at all – which makes reviewing different models currently on the market an especially fraught and subjective process.


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