Our GelRest chin rest covers have an incredible, human-like texture that you have to feel to believe. We achieve this baby-skin texture with an ultra soft, non-absorbent, plastic material. We don't use foams because they are like sponges -- full of tiny air pockets that absorb dirt, sweat, and even bacteria. A GelRest will give you a violin chin rest that gently molds to your jawbone, yet is durable and easy to keep clean.
The Guarneri 1/2 size GelRest is a great fit for any 1/2 size violin or viola chinrest. The peel-and-stick adhesive makes installation easy. It stays securely in place and can be removed cleanly with no residue. Easy to clean with any mild, streak-free cleaner on a soft cloth, or paper towel. Say good-bye to your violin hickey as you transform your hard chin rest into one that feels comfortable, yet looks good too!
To see how the 1/2-size might look on your chinrest, use the following dimensions: 85mm long by 55mm wide
The ½ size also fits ¼ size chinrests often used by 3rd and 4th graders. The 1/2 size even fits many full-size chinrests, like the Dresden 4/4.
Suzy (Submitted on 23rd Oct 2015)
I had a feeling that practice would become more comfortable...and that it did. What I didn't expect was an improvement in overall sound and ability to play. It seems freeing up the stress I was apparently holding in my shoulder or wherever, did help me play better. Very thrilled with this purchase.
Jamie (Submitted on 24th Jun 2015)
I have a tall neck and have always felt that my shoulder rest was not tall enough. For years I've had a red mark on my neck and constant stiffness. After trying many shoulder rests and finally raising my chin rest with no results, I gave the GelRest a try. It's amazing!! All of the problems I had before are gone, even the red mark on my neck. This product has been a lifesaver, and is cheaper than any of the shoulder rests that I tried.
I ordered the half-size, even though I have a full size violin. It fits my chin rest perfectly.
Unknown (Submitted on 19th Jul 2014)
Seriously, I have a rather bony jaw and chin. This GelRest is so comfortable and looks great. I have a boxwood chinrest and got the boxwood GelRest and it matches perfectly. I also bought an ebony one for my cheap fiddle that's strung like a viola. I don't know what I will do if they stop making these.
Unknown (Submitted on 21st May 2014)
It changed everything! The tension in my neck is gone. I am so comfortable that I can play for hours now! It's really great!
R Henry (Submitted on 18th Nov 2013)
My 8-year-od son has been playing for a few years, and it's nice to see him playing w/ less tension b/c he's more comfortable now.
Unknown (Submitted on 28th Jun 2013)
I cut the half-size Guarneri to fit my daughter's 1/2-size Wittner chin rest, and it works well.
Michael Potter (Submitted on 28th Jun 2013)
The half size GelRest I got for my grandson has proved successful as he is now even keener to practice. He is very slim and bony and anything that makes playing a more pleasant experience is worthwhile.