Violin Chin Rest Solution
So, what is wrong with your violin chin rest?
A violin chin rest is carved from hard wood. The contact between this hard chin rest surface and our vulnerable face, chin, and neck has caused generations of violinists, from beginners to professionals, to endure skin irritations, bruises, and red spots. Often called a violin hickey, or rose patch, these bruises are more than just unsightly; they can be quite painful and typically result in a reduction in practice time, at the very least. Worse yet, if your chin rest is gouging into your face, the tension that results can easily travel to your hand and fingers, especially in the left hand, and can even cause back and shoulder pain, which can affect your bowing arm. So, having a comfortable instrument is crucial for mastering basic techniques like playing in tune, vibrato, and even bowing.
We believe that a chinrest cushion doesn’t have to be bulky and unattractive. That’s why we make GelRests in 8 different shapes, each one designed to fit a wide variety of chinrests. Find one that fits YOUR chinrest! Go to the Fit Guide. Print, Cut, and Place the cut-outs on your chinrest to determine which one is the best fit.
Fits in Your Case
A GelRest is easy to install — just peel and stick. And, unlike a shoulder rest, a GelRest does not have to be removed each time you put the instrument back in its case. Just set it and forget it!
Each GelRest is made of a special Gel material that has the feel and texture of our own human skin, so it’s no wonder it feels so natural against the face. It is truly form-fitting, and makes any violin chinrest feel like it’s custom made. You really have to feel it to believe it!
We have made many improvements to the Gelrest over the years (over 40,000 sold to date) but nowhere more so than with our adhesive. Adhesives need to stick tightly, but allow for easy removal. Our current adhesive is getting great reviews and we back it with an unconditional guarantee (see below). And, while they stick tightly, you will find that GelRests are also easy to remove.
We make GelRests in 7 separate shapes, which are matched to the 7 most popular violin chin rests: Strad, Guarneri, Teka, Flat Flesch, Berber (Ohrenform), Kaufman, and Guarneri 1/2 size.
That’s why a GelRest blends in so nicely with the look of a violin or viola. Like the Guarneri violin chin rest (pictured below) with matching Rosewood GelRest. Comfortable, yet elegant. It blends in so well, you don’t even notice that it’s there!
When you visit our store, just click on a thumbnail to see a larger image with actual dimensions in millimeters. By measuring your chinrest and comparing with these dimensions you will be able to choose the GelRest shape that best fits your chinrest
GelRests can be trimmed as well. Use scissors or a razor knife.
GelRests are not slippery, even when wet, so holding your instrument is comfortable and effortless, whether it’s a hot summer day or a cool autumn night.
Models and Sizes: GelRest’s are specially colored to match the 3 traditional woods for violin fittings: Ebony, Boxwood, and Rosewood. We also have a selection of colors and patterns that will surprise you. Click here to visit our store.
To Clean: GelRest is easy to clean, especially because dirt and sweat don’t get absorbed, but stay on top where they can be easily wiped off. We recommend clean the GelRest in place. Just wipe occasionally with a streak-free ammonia-based cleaner like Windex.
Durability: A GelRest indeed is very comfortable, but also very durable. The gel does not compress or flatten over time.
Guarantee: We guarantee the GelRest to be free from defects for a period of one year from the purchase date. In addition, if the purchaser is not satisfied with the product for any reason within 90 days of purchase, you may return it to us for a full refund. Refund of shipping cost is not included. Proof of purchase must be supplied to receive a cash refund.
Shown here mounted on a typical Flesch style chinrest. Fits both violin and viola. This simple oval shape is not only a great fit for your Flesch chinrest, but also fits Hill, SAS, and Wittner chinrests. It’s never been easier to transform a hard wood chinrest into one that fits your face and jaw.
Dimensions: 100mm long by 57mm wide
Guarneri style GelRest, shown here mounted on a typical Guarneri style chinrest. Fits both violin and viola. Now you can transform a hard wood chinrest into one that feels comfortable, and looks good too.
Dimensions: 105mm long by 65mm wide.
GelRest Teka Style
Teka style GelRest, shown here mounted on a typical Teka style chinrest. Fits both violin and viola. The Teka is also a good choice for any long chinrest with a sharp point on the left side.
Dimensions: 106mm long by 61mm wide.
Strad style GelRest, shown here in the rosewood colour. This GelRest also fits most medium-sized chinrests, such as Medium Guarneri. Stuber, and Vermeer models.
Dimensions: 95mm long by 60mm wide.
GelRest Guarneri Half – Ebony
Guarneri 1/2-size GelRest, shown here mounted on a typical 1/2-size Guarneri style chinrest. The 1/2 size also fits 1/4 size chinrests. The 1/2 size even fits many full-size chinrests, like the Dresden 4/4.
Dimensions: 55mm wide by 85m long.