Frequently asked questions.
Does the WAVE fit violas?
Yes, it does. While viola chinrests are bigger than violin rests, the players' jaws are the same size and have the same balance and contact requirements. In fact, many violists use violin chinrests. Let us know if the WAVE will be used on a viola, and we will supply the appropriately-sized clamp barrels.
Will the tall sizes fit all full-size cases?
The lowest chinrest (1") fits all cases tried; almost all cases fit the medium (1.25") and most fit the tallest (1.5").
Isn't 1.5" awfully tall for a chinrest?
Yes, it is- but a surprising number of players enjoy that height, usually in conjunction with a lower shoulder rest. Often, players who are shorter but with long "swan-like" necks have found it very comfortable.
What is the WAVE made of?
The WAVE is hand-made from African Padauk. Take a look at the African Padauk Wood topic in the About The WAVE section for an in-depth discussion on the wood selection. The clamps are standard. If one is concerned with metal allergies, steel or titanium clamps can be used, for an extra charge. Please feel free to email or call for details. We will always be happy to discuss your chinrest needs with you.
Why are they listed WAVE I and WAVE II?
WAVE I and II have slightly differing shapes. WAVE I has a more pronounced drop-off from the right to left; this gives a "grippier" feel, but some feel it intrudes too much under the jaw. Also, on some it might rotate the instrument to the right, in front of the player. Wave II has a more gradual drop-off from right to left, giving a smoother, more fluid feel. For a deeper look at choosing WAVE I or WAVE, go the the video page here.
How may we schedule a presentation or fitting?
We may be reached via the contact page. We are located in Bowling Green, KY, and will be happy to meet with individuals or groups in the KY, TN and surrounding areas.