“Never fight gravity when you play.” Acclaimed violinist Cyrus Forough said this – then spent years developing this shoulder rest. Available at a lower price point than Performa’s traditional wooden shoulder rest, this thermoplastic polymer version is also the preferred choice of many violinists. Why polymer instead of wood? Well, a sizable number of musicians prefer the heavier weight of polymer, finding that it gives them greater balance and stability while playing.
This patented shoulder rest for violins is completely customizable in height (11mm to 25mm) and thickness (2mm to 5mm). It releases tension, unifies both player and instrument, and makes your playing comfortable and natural.
The Ergonomic Edge to Playing!
Using only the highest quality of materials, each Performa features a wider surface area to distribute the instrument’s weight and player’s pressure evenly on the shoulder just as when one plays without a shoulder rest. Its patented design provides comfort never before experienced, resulting in a miraculous relief from tension and pain.
The Performa Shoulder Rest is completely customizable. It includes three feet that are different heights to be adjusted to the desired height. One is 11mm in length, one is 17mm, and one is 25mm. When the two shorter feet are at their lowest settings, Performa becomes the lowest shoulder rest – as if one is playing without one. The tall 25mm foot is for those who require an even higher elevation on one or both sides. All three are available for purchase separately. The soft foam pad that comes on the shoulder rest is 2mm in thickness. However, if you desire something thicker, simply swap out the pad for the 5mm option that is included with every Performa. (The pad is reusable.)
The remaining challenge to completing the task lay in the development of perfect feet for the Performa. The design, material selection, and gripping integrity were critical requirements. The inventors would seek out a soft rubber compound that would not damage the varnish, provide a strong grip so as to stay in place and provide minimal contact so that there be no muffling of the sound.
The Performa is an exciting choice for any player, and most especially one who currently does not use a shoulder rest but would like to. Playing will feel more organic while the head, neck, arms, and hands find restrictions and discomfort eliminated. The Performa Shoulder Rest allows violin playing to feel more organic. Performa allows the head, neck, arms, and hands to function without restrictions and discomfort when placed properly on the instrument.
- Performa shoulder rest in Thermoplastic Polymers
- 11mm foot
- 17mm foot
- 25mm foot
- 2mm foam pad (installed on shoulder rest)
- 5mm thick foam pad
- Weight: 76g
- Width: 7cm
- Height: 2.5 cm
- Length: 22cm
- Padded area: 6cm x1 3cm