Shoulder Rest Frame
It was obvious from the first design drawings (in 1999) I made of my “slim” instrument design shown in the pictures below that I would need to devise a way for players who use shoulder rests on their acoustic instruments to use those same shoulder rests with my instrument design. There were some initial prototypes that were not nearly as comfortable as I wished. Still, these early prototypes used some of the design ideas for what I refer to as my “Shoulder Rest Frame”, shown in the pictures below. Elsewhere on my site is the prototype that was the precursor of my “Shoulder Rest Frame”. The frame shown below is a 1/4″ steel rod that has been bent to the approximate radii of the lower bout of a full-size acoustic violin. The steel rod is then inserted into 1/2″ diameter brass rod, and then reinforced with 1/16″ steel posts that go through both the steel and the brass. Whether you use a Wolf, Kun, Mach 1, Muko, Viva La Musica or other shoulder rest brand, any of these shoulder rests will easily fit on my “Shoulder Rest Frame”. Without exception, every player who has used it with their favorite shoulder rest has said that it is secure, comfortable and allows virtually any adjustment that is desired.