Frequently Asked Questions
How long does each stage take? How long does the whole process take?
Each stage requires a couple of consultations to complete the work needed. We like to give time for measuring, adjusting and learning to use the new equipment. We have noticed that the length of the whole process varies from person to person, based on their background and wishes, averaging from 3-6 months.
I know how to play the violin, why do I need coaching? Can’t I just get equipment made?
Playing with ill-fitting equipment limits our vision and experience of the many choices that we can have with custom fitted equipment. It takes time to explore new options, and let go of old cramped playing habits.
Why do I need to go through three stages to get a chin rest and collar bone rest?
Most players have been used to having few options in equipment. Designing custom equipment means that we work in 3 dimensions, taking in to account, height, tilt, position and contour of both chin rest and collar bone rest. In creating the designs, we also get to know you and how you want to play. During the consultations, we have time to build mock equipment and let you try it out. We also take time to find the best instrument position for your build.
How long will it take me to get used to the equipment changes?
We discovered in our initial research and in our experiences with clients that getting used to a new playing position takes about two weeks. Unlearning cramped playing habits takes a bit longer, and both are helped greatly by taking private Alexander lessons during the whole consultation period. Tips and coaching in the consultations are geared to help you gain new insights and freedom in your playing.
Why don’t you have series of chin rests and shoulder rests that people can take home and try?
We believe that each player is unique. In order to provide the best equipment for the individual, we choose to concentrate on customized equipment. At the same time, we strive to influence the market by working with selected producers to create ergonomically responsible options. One example of this is the V in B Basic Chin Rest Series of 60+ chin rest models, created through a collaboration between Violinist in Balance and the violin store Willem Bouman en Zns, Den Haag. Please contact them online for more information. Current projects include development of a “Woman’s shoulder rest” with Wolf Products, to allow for the more delicate female frame.