Violinist in Balance Consultations

Education, Ergonomics and Technology

The team that works together in the Violinist in Balance method is made up of Consultant Crissman Taylor of Artist in Balance, and Technicians Lies Muller of Muziek en Ambacht, Utrecht, and Niek Gersen of Nieks Fabriek, Amsterdam. All consultations take place by appointment in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Using interactive measuring techniques, computer design, 3D printing, and hand and machine tooling, we work with you to make your custom chin rest and collar bone rest set, while progressively coaching you in re-training cramped playing habits. New technology allows us to create a series of test rests at a reasonable price, allowing the client to be involved at every stage in perfecting the design of the final custom chin rest and collarbone rest. At each stage, we provide you with the information you need to accustom you to your new playing options, and to make informed equipment and playing decisions to create an improved playing environment.

The work proceeds in three stages.* Each stage is completed in a couple of consultations, and at the end of each stage you take home a new chin rest and collarbone rest model.

*For children we offer a one-stage process and yearly check-ups for growth. Contact the office for more information.

 Stage one: Playing and equipment analyses and interactive measuring of chin rest and collar bone rest.

·      Learn: How to restfully explore new playing options that fitted equipment provides.

·      You take home custom test equipment set 1 for private study


Stage two: Refine your equipment design with the consultant.

·      Learn: Tactics for freedom in playing while securing the instrument when needed.

·      You continue exploring with test equipment set 2


Stage three: You complete the design of your final equipment set.

·      Learn: How to continue improving your poise and freedom in your playing technique with your new equipment.

·      You receive your final chin rest and collar bone rest


It is strongly recommended that you take private Alexander Technique lessons before, during and after the consultation process. You can do this in your own area. See and use the search engine to find a teacher in your country or area, or ask us for a referral.


Consultation and equipment costs:

Consultations are priced at €89 per hour, with an hourly discount rate of €79 for students and €69 for children.

A one-time intake administration charge of €25 is included in your first bill.


Equipment and Technical Design:

During the test period (stage one and stage two above) the cost of the test chin rests and collarbone rests is progressively lower as you continue explore your options. Initial technical start-up costs cover the (digital) creation and registration of your personal equipment designs, for easy re-ordering or altering in future.

All test chin rest models are 3D printed in skin-friendly PLA plastic.

(For final chin rest you can choose wood or PLA.)

All collarbone rests are made from rubber and durable plastic centre.

Stage one:

Technical start-up costs:

·      €40 for the chin rest design

·      €40 for the collarbone design.

Test chin rest 1 is €50

Trial collarbone rest 1 is €60 (excl. BTW/tax)

Stage two:

No technical costs.

Test chin rest 2 is €50 (with a €40 refund if you return your previous test chin rest)

Trial collarbone rest 2 is €35 (excl. BTW/tax)

Additional test chin rests during testing period are €50 (with a €40 refund if you return your test chin rest 1)

Additional trial collarbone rests in testing period are full price. (see below)

Stage Three

Final chin rest model choices:

·      3D printed PLA: Cost €90 (refund of €40 for returned previous test chin rest)

·      Pear wood hand-crafted: Cost €170 (refund of €40 for returned previous test chin rest)

Final collarbone rest models:

·      Custom collarbone rest final design €78 (excl. BTW/tax)

·      Special model or unusual design €90 (excl. BTW/tax)


If you choose to have your rests sent by post, the costs will be added to your bill of €10 within the Netherlands, €15 within Europe and €25 further abroad.

Interoffice posting charge of €7 is added for each collarbone rest. 

See our FAQ section for more information