Customer Reviews: Poehland Shoulder Pad, 9670
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on May 2, 2012
As a violin performer and teacher, I wanted to find some kind of padding that can help my students' posture more effortless or at least without unnecessary tension in the muscles.
The major design flaws of this product are:

1. The two connecting ends are not adjustable, so the bizarre angle of the pad does not help to support your collar bone or shoulder.

2. The round hole in the strap is definitely too small to an end button on a standard 4/4 violin. I had to exert extreme pressure on the strap in order to get it on, which is not something you want to be doing every single time before playing, especially the force might harm the fingers and the violin wood. And even when I got it on, the pad would not stay in one position.

3.The pad itself is hard.It is good have some stable thickness to support the neck but it shouldn't be rigid.

4. Lastly, the rubber strap itself has a strong odor, even after being removed from the package for a while. The end straps do not have good quality either.

( TO the Poehland maker: The violin accessories should be produced to make music instead just money although this product only costs 10 bucks. The design idea is good but is still at its beginning stage, please really find lots of advanced violinists to play in your lab, take their suggestions and modify the shortcomings.)
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on February 20, 2012
I think this would work for any size, it just connects to the button on the bottom, and then using an elastic or rubber band (included) to the protrusion on the sides. We use it on our plain old half-size violin, and it has completely solved our posture problems. It turns out, in our case, that our child was holding the violin strangely to reduce pressure against the collarbone. Poor kid! We aren't even that strict about practice (just 5-10 min a day), but during his half hour lesson each week he just couldn't hold the violin the way his teacher tried to show him. This item completely solved it, we are all so very happy for that, as he really enjoys the violin!
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