We offer the broadest selection of shoulder rests because the needs of violinists and violists are so unique. We suggest you order a few shoulder rests, and return the ones that do no suit you. When trying a new rest, keep in mind that you may not be initially comfortable with a rest simply because it is different than what you have been using. Allow adequate time for experimentation, and for your body to adjust before deciding against a product. Consider trying various chinrests in conjunction with your shoulder rest choices.
Long the standard shoulder rest for students and professionals alike. Height adjustment on both ends. Width adjustment is made in 1/4 inch increments.
Same shape as Original rest, but has a sliding end bracket, which allows finer control of width setting.
Same shape as Original and Super, but has folding legs, to store in smaller compartments. The Mini rests in colors have been discontinued.
Kun Bravo and Bravo Collapsible
DeLuxe model with wood and metal construction. It's more rigid than other Kun models, and also has a wider pad for greater comfort.
Violin Only. New concept, lightweight carbon fiber shoulder rest. Also has innovative new fork members.
Violin Only. New model that is light weight, collapsible, and features a low price.
Pirastro Korfker Rest
Version 2. Professional model is highly adjustable and engineered for best tonal properties. Moldable Wood. Lightweight.
Made of carbon fiber. This product has achieved a high level of interest because many players have noticed a significant tone improvment on their instrument. We are usually skeptical of such claims, but these reports are persistent, and our own testing supports this.
Hooked end that grabs the shoulder, and prevents the instrument from sliding forward. Ideal for those with long necks. Moldable aluminum construction.
Viola lower bout width in MM
Wooden and plastic models. Many claim improvement in the tone and response of their instrument when using a Mach One wooden rest. Small Viola is for instruments under 230 mm lower bout. Full Size Viola is for lower bout between 230-262 mm. XL Viola is for instruments with lower bout greater than 262 mm.
The Performa features a wider surface area to distribute the instrument’s weight and player’s pressure evenly on the shoulder just as when one plays without a shoulder rest. Its patented design provides comfort never before experienced, resulting in a miraculous relief from tension and pain. The Performa Shoulder Rest is completely customizable. It includes three feet that are different heights to be adjusted to the desired height. Available in wood or plastic models. Wood model shown.
High quality student shoulder rest with a great price. Has squishier foam compared to Kun. Fork members grab the edge of the instrument very securely. For 13 or 14 inch Viola, choose the 4/4-3/4 Violin model.
Viva la Musica
Original Wooden model. Standard model has Black hardware. Artist model has Gold hardware. Similar in shape to the Kun, but more rigid because of the wooden construction.
Viva la Musica Diamond
More-pronounced contour, with choicest wood selection. Gold Hardware. Viola rests are labeled XXL, but fit all sizes of Viola. Image shown is the light maple color.
Viva la Musica Professional
Same shape as original model, but has a choice of premium woods and choice of hardware color.
VIVA by Viva la Musica
These are the colorful plastic rests popular with students. Collapsible.
Full Size Viola
Aluminum backing can be moulded for personal fit. Model shown is the Secondo. It's shape is preferred by most players. Primo has a straight shape to the pad.
Inflatable design suitable for those with low height requirements. All models work for Violin or Viola. DeLuxe (shown below) is the pear-shaped model. Jumbo is a higher version of DeLuxe. Crescent is round. and Junior model is best with small size Violins. Jumbo models are for Viola.
Budget model with no height adjustment.
Full Size Viola
Perfect Shoulder Rest
PSR is the "perfect shoulder rest". Made of Foam. PSR Plus has extra curve over shoulder. Komfort Kurve is like a PSR, but it's thicker and has rigid backing.
Foam rests offer freedom of movement, unlike most other rests which fix the instrument in one posture.
Discontinued many years ago, due to a permanent lack of supply.