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FYI - Anyone wanting to buy a Bon Musica shoulder rest, the type Beth uses, can be found the cheapest (I think) on Ebay. I've compared many sites for prices. Brand new and genuine. $41.89 and free shipping. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/260833395329?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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Posted: February 10, 2012
Last Comment: February 21, 2012
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Posted: February 21, 2012
I am going to try the Bon Musica and see how it works out for me. I won a like-new one on Ebay last night for $33! If I don't like it, any of you are welcome to buy it from me for $30. It's usually $40-$50 online.


Posted: February 18, 2012
Here is my current shoulder rest (and there are others by Peter Mach on his site under the "product line" tab.  It's great...but I am also considering the Bon Musica.  http://petermach.com/gallery_MAH.htm

Vicky
Posted: February 18, 2012
I love the Bon Musica when paired with my SAS chin rest.  I tried about 5 different shoulder rests before settling on the Bon Musica.  But I must add a disclaimer - I spent a lot of time bending, lowering, and otherwise customizing it to be the shape that fit my needs.  I even put one of the brackets on up-side-down to get the shoulder side as low as I wanted. 

Don't be afraid to change the shape!


Posted: February 17, 2012
I'll jump on the bandwagon here and share my two cents worth. I've been playing 6 years now and have had my journeys with the various shoulder rests. My journey has been...Kun,...Bon Musica....Wolfe....and now I have gone back to the Bon Musica after the recommendation from Beth and have been playing with it for about a month. 

I first used the Bon Musica about a year into my playing and found it to be too confining while I tried to nail my violin hold and left hand position. The Wolfe has definitely been my favorite over the past three years but I decided to again try the Bon Musica. There is a good chance that I will be going back to the Wolfe if the Bon Musica doesn't prove superior soon. 

Long story not so short...if I were you I would give it a go. You may just love it because it suits your dance with the violin perfectly.


Posted: February 17, 2012
I know, Robyn!  I am always on the hunt for the best bargain.  I like to search many sites for clearance, used items, etc.  It's actually to the point of being a disorder I think! haha  I just love to save money wherever I can I guess.  And, so many things are so overpriced...if you do a little hunting around, you can find great deals!   


Posted: February 17, 2012
Robyn, if you are looking for a high chin rest, check out this extra-high, custom made one on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/200544749234?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


Posted: February 17, 2012
Dick,
I was wrong on the price. $190 for the version that works with the NS electric violin, it's a whopping $350 for the acoustic version.
Dave

Dick Stanley
Posted: February 17, 2012
Whoa, that BSR is enticing. Maybe I should start saving my pennies. I wonder what Beth thinks of it?


Posted: February 17, 2012
I always wanted to try this shoulder rest where you can remove your head/neck/chin from the equation completely:
http://thinkns.com/instruments/bsr.php
But at $190 retail and no way to try before you buy, it's a bit beyond my risk tolerance.

Dave


Posted: February 17, 2012
I think this is important enough of a topic to warrant some more discussion. Perhaps this weekend I will compare the two rests in detail and post a video of why I still prefer the Wolfe (when properly shaped). Jen you may want to hold off until you see what I mean... but shoulder rests are a personal thing, so I've heard, so to each his own... just trying to help :)

Dick Stanley
Posted: February 16, 2012
Hmmm. The Wolfe doesn't look much different from the one I had, whose name escapes me because it has escaped me. Don't know what I did with it. The Bonica... Oops, Bon Musica, has been my splendid favorite since the day it arrived. Haven't ever felt the need to bend it. I just hang it and the violin attached to it off my shoulder and get on with it. It makes relaxing my left hand a lot easier. Not perfect yet but easier. If I ever hire a live teacher I may find I am doing something wrong with it, but, for now, it's nice to be able to forget that part of the intricacies. Playing is hard enough.


Posted: February 16, 2012
Thank you so much for the review and details! I was very surprised to read that you preferred your other shoulder rest to the Bon Musica.  I thought for sure you would have possibly felt that the violin seemed to feel more attached and snug to your shoulder.  I wonder if I should buy it and try it.  I am reconsidering now after reading your review although I am sure there are people who could never imagine using any other type of shoulder rest.  I am currently watching a used Bon Musica on Ebay which is at $8 currently.  I am hoping there won't be any more bidders.  Hey, is that yours that is listed?!  Haha


Posted: February 16, 2012
I got the Bon Musica tonight and thought I'd share my first impressions as promised :)

It is a very sturdy, professional-feeling shoulder rest made from all-metal components. It can be bent to adjust to the contour of your shoulder/chest, and the shoulder rest itself can be disassembled for adjusting (with two thumb screws) and reassembled in three possible positions for better fitment. The foam that rests on your shoulder is quite firm and resistant to slippage (for those times when we perform all decked out ;)

The clamps hold on to your violin like there's no tomorrow, so I can't imagine that this thing will ever fall off your instrument. The clamps are even shaped to confirm snugly to the lip of your violin, which adds to the security of the hold and is a nice touch.

All things considered, this is a very nice shoulder rest. But in all honesty I must admit that I still prefer my Wolf Forte Secondo 2 after seeing a Youtube video on how to properly bend it. And for half the price than the BonMusica, you can't lose.


Posted: February 11, 2012
Yes, please let me know if you notice a significant difference in comfort and control after you receive it and shape it. If there is a very noticeable difference, I may bite the bullet myself as well.  Wish I could test one out before spending $40  :-/


Posted: February 11, 2012
I just bit the bullet and ordered one... I'll post my thoughts once I've tried it.


Posted: February 11, 2012
I just purchased mine from Amazon for about the same price.  The ergonomics of the bon musica is amazing.  It's helped my technique so much!  Very good reference from Beth to put this on her site.