My violin has a wolf tone on 1st position B on the E string (a very inconvenient place for it to be, really). I've been using a center-mount Wittner hypo-allergenic (read: plastic) chinrest since I have sensitive skin. I was going to lend the chinrest to a friend of mine who wanted to try it herself, so I took off the Wittner chinrest and put on an ebony Flat Flesch chinrest that I had lying around. And voila, the wolf tone was gone!
I put on the Wittner again and the wolf tone came back. Changed back to the ebony Flesch and the wolf disappeared again. Well, not completely disappeared, but it's not as prominent as before and much more manageable now. I was intrigued so I tried a small rosewood Guarneri-style chinrest, and the wolf tone was less than with the Wittner but a little bit more than with the ebony Flesch. So I put back on the ebony Flesch.
The variables changed are the chinrest weight (from lighter to heavier), and the points of contact. They were all center-mount, but the Wittner has two hill-style legs, and the others have standard barrel-type clamps.
Anyway, what a nice surprise! I feel like getting an early Christmas present for this holiday season
sooyeonMember Since 09 Dec 2006
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