US2208824A - Viola and violin shoulder rest pad - Google Patents

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US2208824A
US2208824A US30758039A US2208824A US 2208824 A US2208824 A US 2208824A US 30758039 A US30758039 A US 30758039A US 2208824 A US2208824 A US 2208824A
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July 23, 1940'. H. WEINBERG VIOLA AND VIOLIN SHOULDER REST PAD Filed Dec. 5, 1959 INVFNTOR.

Patented July 23, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT' oFFicE 3 Claims.

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in protective padding particularly to that type used by concert violinists to protect their shoulder muscles from becoming fatigued,

5 due to long and arduous playing over a long time, and to permit the violin or such similar musical instrument to rest properly in the proper position on the shoulder. It has heretofore been the practice of violinists to protect the shoulder lo muscles with such awkward padding as handkerchiefs, etc. This was found unsatisfactory due to the shifting of such pad from its initial placement. Certain pads were also made with attachments like rubber bands, or straps, or even adl5 hesives, which were and are still found to be unsatisfactory from the players standpoint.

The principal object of the present invention is to provide a pad shaped to t the contour of the shoulder muscles, and the said pad may be securely fastened to the violin in any advantageous position, depending upon the wish and desire of the player.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a pad of the type described which may be readily adjusted as to height with regards to the instrument used and the shoulder upon which it may rest.

While another object of this invention isV to provide a pad of the type described, having a flexible connection between the said pad and a novel fastening device. These and other objects of the invention will become apparent from the illustrations of the drawing accompanying these specifications of which:

Figure l is a View perspective of a pad made in accordance with my invention shown in its operative position with respect to the violin and player. The violin is shown in phantom or dotted lines to better illustrate the invention. This would also apply if the instrument were a viola.

Figure 2 is a view perspective of a pad made in accordance with the present invention.

Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3--3 of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a sectional view similar to Figure 3 showing a modified form of construction.

Figure 5 is a fragmentary sectional View similar to Figure 3, showing a still further modied construction.

Referring now more particularly to Figures 1 and 2 of the drawing, the reference numeral I0 designates a pad of soft pliable rubber, the underside II of which is formed or moulded to snugly fit the shoulder of the operator of the musical instrument, the violinist in this instance. The

upper side I2 is formed fiat having a metallic fitting I3 embedded in the pad Id, as shown, and pivotally receives a ball point connection I4 of a shaft I5 which is threadedly engaged in the metallic insert i 6 of a gum rubber suction cup mem- 5 ber I'I, as shown clearly in Figures 2 and 3 of the drawing. In Figure 4 I have shown a pad II) identical in detail to that shown in Figures 2 and 3, providing a means of adjustment as regards the height of the suction cup II with respect to 10 the flat upper side I2 of the pad. This is accomplished by providing in the fitting i3 screw threads I 8 to receive therein the thread shank I9 which is iiXedly secured to the underside of the suction cup Il, locking nuts 2li are provided on l5 shank I9 to lock said shank after the desired adjustment has been decided upon by the operator of the musical instrument, the violinist in this instance.

In Figure 5 I have shown a modification of the present invention in which the suction cup Il is by screw threads aiiixed to the pad by a short shank 2I. In this modiiication the cup is not vertically adjustable with respect to the pad I0. In using the invention the pad is placed on the 25 shoulder in a decided position for playing, the violin or Viola is placed in an advantageous playing position by the player, the violin or viola is then forced down on the suction cup Ii' rmly grasping the underside of the violin as shown in 30 all the figures of the drawing, particularly in Figure 1 thereof.

The present invention has been found very effective in use and when a desired sitting has been decided upon the violin or viola may be 5 placed in a case without disturbing the pad and its adjustment on the violin.

While I have shown and described preferred embodiments of my invention, it is understood that I am not limited thereto, except within the scope of the annexed claims.

What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is as follows:

1. A protective pad adapted to serve as a cushion between musical instruments, such as a violin, and the shoulder of the player of the musical instrument, a suction cup adapted to be aiiixed to the underside of the musical instrument, means for joining said suction cup to said protective pad, and said means including a screw-threaded stud cooperable with a nut-like member whereby said means is vertically adjustable.

2. A protective pad adapted to serve as a cushion between musical instruments, such as a violin, and the shoulder of the player of the musical 55 instrument, a suction cup adapted to be aixed to the underside of the musical instrument, means for joining said suction cup to said protective pad, said means including a screw-threaded stud cooperable with a nut-like member whereby said means is vertically adjustable, and said means including a pivotal connection between said suction cup and said pad.

3. A protective pad adapted to serve as a cush- 10 ion between musical instruments, such as a violin,

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Cited By (15)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US2489101A (en) * 1948-04-05 1949-11-22 Stanley T Mills Violin rest
US2974556A (en) * 1958-01-30 1961-03-14 Fawick Flexi Grip Co End-rest foot-assembly for violoncellos, bass viols and the like
US3309954A (en) * 1966-01-12 1967-03-21 Phillips Lawrence Partial cover for a guitar
US3407695A (en) * 1966-11-23 1968-10-29 Perlman George Shoulder pad for violin
DE3021047A1 (en) * 1979-06-08 1981-01-22 Alois Dipl Ing Hrdlicka Stuetzvorrichtung for a stringed musical instrument
USRE31722E (en) * 1978-09-18 1984-11-06 Stringed musical instruments
US4592265A (en) * 1984-12-04 1986-06-03 Steinberger Sound Corporation Foldable leg rest for stringed musical instrument
US20060207405A1 (en) * 2005-03-08 2006-09-21 Joe Armstrong Instrument support
US20080156169A1 (en) * 2007-01-03 2008-07-03 Twu Hwei-Ming Viola/Violin Shoulder Rest
US20090000457A1 (en) * 2006-10-24 2009-01-01 Jim Dunlop Universal, portable item support
US20090211426A1 (en) * 2005-04-15 2009-08-27 Avgustin Penic Shoulder rest for a Violin and Viola
DE102010063175A1 (en) 2010-12-15 2012-06-21 Wittner Gmbh & Co.Kg Shoulder rest device for a musical instrument
WO2013087228A1 (en) 2011-12-14 2013-06-20 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder rest device for a musical instrument
US8889974B2 (en) * 2013-01-10 2014-11-18 Kreddle Rest Llc Adjustable chin support for musical instrument
US9495942B2 (en) 2011-12-14 2016-11-15 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder support for a musical instrument

Cited By (21)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2489101A (en) * 1948-04-05 1949-11-22 Stanley T Mills Violin rest
US2974556A (en) * 1958-01-30 1961-03-14 Fawick Flexi Grip Co End-rest foot-assembly for violoncellos, bass viols and the like
US3309954A (en) * 1966-01-12 1967-03-21 Phillips Lawrence Partial cover for a guitar
US3407695A (en) * 1966-11-23 1968-10-29 Perlman George Shoulder pad for violin
USRE31722E (en) * 1978-09-18 1984-11-06 Stringed musical instruments
DE3021047A1 (en) * 1979-06-08 1981-01-22 Alois Dipl Ing Hrdlicka Stuetzvorrichtung for a stringed musical instrument
US4592265A (en) * 1984-12-04 1986-06-03 Steinberger Sound Corporation Foldable leg rest for stringed musical instrument
US20060207405A1 (en) * 2005-03-08 2006-09-21 Joe Armstrong Instrument support
US7368645B2 (en) 2005-03-08 2008-05-06 The Portabene Company, Llc Instrument support
US20090211426A1 (en) * 2005-04-15 2009-08-27 Avgustin Penic Shoulder rest for a Violin and Viola
US7888569B2 (en) * 2005-04-15 2011-02-15 Avgustin Penic Shoulder rest for a violin and viola
US20090000457A1 (en) * 2006-10-24 2009-01-01 Jim Dunlop Universal, portable item support
US7659463B2 (en) * 2007-01-03 2010-02-09 Twu Hwei-Ming Viola/violin shoulder rest
US20080156169A1 (en) * 2007-01-03 2008-07-03 Twu Hwei-Ming Viola/Violin Shoulder Rest
DE102010063175A1 (en) 2010-12-15 2012-06-21 Wittner Gmbh & Co.Kg Shoulder rest device for a musical instrument
WO2012080342A1 (en) 2010-12-15 2012-06-21 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder support for a musical instrument
US8957290B2 (en) 2010-12-15 2015-02-17 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder support for a musical instrument
WO2013087228A1 (en) 2011-12-14 2013-06-20 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder rest device for a musical instrument
JP2015505065A (en) * 2011-12-14 2015-02-16 ヴィットナー ゲーエムベーハー ウント ツェーオー カーゲーWittner GmbH & Co. KG Musical Instruments for shoulder support
US9495942B2 (en) 2011-12-14 2016-11-15 Wittner Gmbh & Co. Kg Shoulder support for a musical instrument
US8889974B2 (en) * 2013-01-10 2014-11-18 Kreddle Rest Llc Adjustable chin support for musical instrument

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