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VLM Augustin Diamond Shoulder Rest Review

Zlata Brouwer

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Published: September 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM [UTC]

In this episode of Violin & Viola TV I review the VLM (Viva la Musica) Augustin Diamond shoulder rest. Since some years I am using this shoulder rest after using a Wolf Forte Secundo for almost twenty years. Lots of people are interested in what I use and why.

A little warning here: That I like this chinrest and that’s a good fit for me, doesn’t mean that it will be the right one for you. We don’t have the same body. Find the combination of chinrest and shoulder rest that fits YOU best, not someone else.

In the video I show you this shoulder rest and tell you why this is my choice:

The reason I replaced my Wolf Forte Secundo shoulder rest with the VLM Augustin Diamond shoulder rest is that I can adjust the VLM shoulder rest to be very low. My violin hold is in a way similar to people who play without a shoulder rest: I hold my violin a relatively low and more to the middle.

I don’t want my shoulder rest to be a big construction that gets in the way of free playing. 

Yes, I have considered playing without shoulder rest, I did that a lot and I can do this without much effort. However for the violin I prefer to play with this low shoulder rest: it’s best for me. On the viola I prefer to play without shoulder rest. Of course this is all highly personal and there is not ONE and the same answer for everybody.

The shape of this shoulder rest fits my collar bone very well, but I can imagine that for some people the shape doesn’t fit the shape of their body. The Wolf rests can be adjusted in shape. This VLM rest is made of wood, so you can’t adjust the actual curve of the rest.

The advantages of this shoulder rest are:

  • it’s light

  • it doesn’t mute your violin like other shoulder rests because of the special design of the feet

  • it can be adjusted to be very low

  • it’s adjustable in width and height on both sides

  • you can twist the feet as I show in the video

  • it looks pretty :)

I hope you like this product review!

If you are interested in buying this shoulder rest, click here!

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PS: Do you have questions or struggles on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to and I might dedicate a Violin & Viola TV episode to answering your question!

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