As plastic model but with handcarved solid maple frame for maximum tonal benefit.
The unique ergonomic design of the Mach 1 gives a very secure location which will suit those who like an accurate fit.
8 out of 8 found the following review helpful
Pros: It is light and contorted to fit shoulder very well. As it is made of wood I feel it does not disturb the flow of vibrations like metal and plastic.
Cons: It slips off quite easily.
6 out of 6 found the following review helpful
Pros: I tried this as soon as it arrived, expecting it to take a while to get used to the feel of it, but immediately I noticed a difference in the tone of my violin. It gave me much more freedom in my left arm allowing it to come across the body far more easily so that I could produce a full tone when playing high up the strings. It is light and attractive
Cons: I havent come across any yet.
Other: I was dubious about spending so much on a shoulder rest but I am so glad I did.It's good to have an accessory made and designed to a similar standard of craftmanship as an instrument.
5 out of 5 found the following review helpful
Pros: The contours seem to fit well with the shoulder making it instantly 'comfortable'. Having a suede finish also stops any feeling of slipping so increasing a feeling of security. Although the security feeling is strong, it does not feel rigid and you are able to move the shoulder and arm very flexibly giving a good sense of freedom.
Cons: The maple version is expensive - but I used the cheaper, plastic version first while I decided whether or not I liked it enough to make it a permanent change. Deciding to pay the extra for the maple was because, like most plastic rests, after a time there is a tendency for the feet/legs to bend outwards so the rest starts to fall off more frequently.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: Attractive to look at.
Cons: I found the width (3mm) too narrow for comfort. The height adjustment screw at one end far too slack. A metal sleeve would probably have been better. Considering the price not particularly impressed.
Other: I have a collection of 5 shoulder rests none of which are 100% satisfactory. I think I need one to be tailor made to suit me. Am I alone ?
A great find
Pros: I have succeeded in finding comfort without using a foam-padded rest. The unexpected bonus is that my violin sounds better than ever before and the maple version is both attractive and lightweight.
Cons: The only way to stop the Mach One from slipping is to set it up for a very tight fit. So far the instrument has not shown any new marks, but fitting this rest does take a bit longer.
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: Definitiely improved sound compared to my old shoulder rest. Aesthetically pleasing to look at.
Cons: Less flexible than my old shoulder rest and still a tendency to slide off (though that's probably as I am gripping far too hard whilst playing!)