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Apr 19, 2021 - 11:07:39 AM
222 posts since 4/15/2019

How do you all feel about installing a chin rest. Can I do it or should I get a professional?

Apr 19, 2021 - 11:31:21 AM

309 posts since 1/5/2009

You should be able to do that, it is rather easy. Just use the tool that comes with the Chin Rest and snug not tight. You do not want to crush the rib.

Apr 19, 2021 - 12:41:24 PM

1790 posts since 12/11/2008

Done it more than a few times. No problem! Chances are really good, too, that the chin rest you buy will include the wrench to fasten it with. Don't over tighten, of course, as your fiddle might perhaps be made of wood and susceptible to getting squeezed. Don't be afraid, either, to adjust & re-adjust its position until it suits you.

Keep in mind, though, that there's always the possibility the chin rest you buy just won't suit your neck or chin. Height is often even more important than shape. Be prepared for the possibility of having to do an exchange.

Apr 19, 2021 - 1:13:14 PM

Old Scratch


716 posts since 6/22/2016

And it'll screw on the wrong way around - turn counter-clockwise - the tool, not yourself ..... you know, leftie-bestie/rightie-wrongie.

Apr 19, 2021 - 2:48:30 PM
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74 posts since 1/21/2017

Just make sure that you don't push the little tool into the hole too far as you turn it or it will scratch the wood.

Apr 19, 2021 - 3:25:17 PM

2340 posts since 10/1/2008

If your chinrest does not come with a tool a large paper clip may be straightened and used to tighten the chinrest hardware. R/

Apr 19, 2021 - 4:47:11 PM

138 posts since 4/2/2019
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Chin rests are simple to install. Yes about the paperclips - I’ve done that. I’ve also used short nails.

The appropriate tool isn’t expensive. I like this one - a bit more expensive ($7.99), but I like having it on hand.

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:12:33 PM

222 posts since 4/15/2019

Thanks for the paperclip idea. It came today without a tool.

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:37:28 PM



10063 posts since 12/2/2007

In my experience it needs to be a big paperclip - the small ones aren't strong enough. I use a small Allen wrench, but anything stiff that will fit in the holes will work. Adjust each side alternately or it will bind up, which you'll soon figure out. An easy job, really.

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:45 PM

138 posts since 4/2/2019
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Originally posted by old cowboy

Thanks for the paperclip idea. It came today without a tool.

I've never had a violin chin rest come with the tool. That would be nice! (I've bought some custom mandolin arm rests that need a similar tool, and they came with a simple home-made looking tool. Small piece of wood with a small metal piece to stick in the bracket hole.)

Edited by - DougBrock on 04/19/2021 17:47:40

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:44:20 PM



39 posts since 11/27/2011

1/8 th inch drill bit works well ....use the blunt end :)

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:23:03 PM
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2628 posts since 2/3/2011

I've used (carefully) both very small allen wrenches and also (extremely carefully) jeweler's screwdrivers.

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:32:35 AM

151 posts since 12/30/2008

My Junior High School orchestra teacher would use the pointy part of a drawing compass. If I tried that, I'd scratch things up terribly.

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:35:37 AM



223 posts since 5/16/2019

A drill bit that just fits the hole with tape wrapped around it to set a safe depth sounds like a good idea.   I use the polished end of a giant pop rivet mandrel because I had a lot of them on hand and I might need the bit one day.

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