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When your regular shoulder rest is just not getting along well anymore with your collar bone after long practice, this comes to the rescue. Easy to fit on violin with good old rubber bands, makes practice easier on the shoulder. With this price, you cannot go wrong. I couldn't find it locally and tried with regular sponges (for cleaning) and these we too soft. This one is just the right firmness. It doesn't not allow for a firm grip like the regular shoulder rest (Kun style), but it is a good tool to have in one's case.
I have a master's degree in violin and prefer to use sponges with a high chin rest because I have narrow shoulders and shoulder rests never sit right for me, plus I want the violin to be able to move around a bit and not locked in one position. (I'm team sponge all the way! it may dampen the sound slightly but it's 100% worth it for the comfort and ease of playing) I bought this sponge for my new electric violin so that I don't have to transfer my one sponge back and forth between instrument cases and risk showing up to a gig without my sponge. It's a bit more stiff than the other one I'm using but it works with my electric violin since that chin rest isn't as high as my normal one (the kreddle). It isn't the full width of a full size violin, but you really don't need that. You just put the sponge where you need a sponge. (I'm also in the school of thought that the left hand does actually help hold the instrument up in a loose way, which makes a difference in how much sponge support you need)
I've been working on changing how my violin is set up. The neck and shoulder pain was getting to me. Different shoulder rests. No shoulder rest. Foam shoulder support. New chin rests. Chin rest pads. This is one option I tried. It didn't work for me but that doesn't mean it won't work for others. It is well made and provided a nice cushion. However, I needed to learn to not clamp down with my chin, which was the core problem, so for now I'm not using it. But I kept it to use as a template for a thicker car wash sponge. I have a tall neck and my shoulder slope away quickly so I needed something thicker than this product.
I've posted this review almost identically on all the products that I went through.
Where I've ended up is with a sponge as a shoulder rest. I bought just a car wash sponge and carved it out a bit to fit the contour of my collar bone and shoulder. I wish I could play without a shoulder rest at all but I have a tall neck and my shoulder is narrow and slopes quickly away. For my chin to even touch the chin rest without a shoulder pad I have to really crank my neck down. Not good. I had been taught years ago as a kid to use a shoulder rest and clamp down on it with my chin. Now I'm reversing that and holding the violin up with my left hand while I play. The chin lightly touches on the chin rest but my head and neck are in line with my spine and I don't have to bend my neck down. So my head can move freely while I play. The thick sponge shoulder pad keeps me from the reflex of pulling my left shoulder up while I play. I'm much more comfortable playing now even though I have to learn everything over again. It's amazing how much freer my movement is with the head not clamping down. The violin and my head can move more easily with the context of the music.
The sponge does change the tonal quality of the violin. But I just play for myself--I'm not in an orchestra or playing for the public, so it doesn't really matter.
This product may work for others, so I wanted to explain my story and let you know that I didn't choose to use it for reasons other than quality of manufacture or design.
I tried the shoulder pad that came with my violin and my collar bone hurt. So I ordered the foam shoulder pad and it works perfect. I use a rubber band to put around it to hold it in place and I haven't had a bit of trouble. Works perfect. Its soft and nothing hurts anymore. I like mine infact I ordered two of them. I made one of egg crate foam but it was a little thick for me. Maybe this will help someone. It works very good and is a lot less expensive.
Does what it's meant to, mostly. It's a bit small for a full size violin, it takes some maneuvering to get it to a spot that holds the violin where it's supposed to go. But comfortable enough after adjusting.