A number of styles of chin rests are available. If the chin rest seems uncomfortable or if it is not the correct shape for the student’s jaw, it can be replaced. It can also be adjusted slightly from side to side if needed. But be careful to never let the chin rest touch the tailpiece, as this could cause an annoying buzz.

Occasionally a chin rest will come loose. It can be tightened using a straightened (heavy duty) paper clip or a very small nail (or a chin rest adjuster if you have one). Turn to the right. You may need to tighten one side a few turns and then do the other side, and then switch back to the first side and so on.

 

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Tightening the chin rest

  • WARNING: Take care to insert the tool only as much as is needed to turn the screw. It can poke all the way through and scratch the instrument if you’re not careful!
  • Be sure the chin rest does not touch the tail piece at all. If they come in contact with each other, they may vibrate and cause a buzzing sound when the instrument is played.
  • The chin rest should be snug, but tightening it too much may cause a crack in the wood – usually on the side of the chin rest nearest the tail piece.