With the kréddle CUSHION shoulder rests become a thing of the past. Shoulder rests move the primary point of contact out to the shoulder—the most dynamic joint of the body—not ideal in any sense. It’s time we dig up the wisdom of the pre-shoulder rest era, and combine that wisdom with 21st century technology. Leverage the natural stability of the collarbone with the kréddle CUSHION.
- The CUSHION's outer surface is soft & grippy.
- Inside the CUSHION is a skeletal part providing structure & support.
- The CUSHION's shape adds a rounded lip to hook with the collarbone.
- The CUSHION includes small dimples to increase friction while the softness of the padding ensures the dimples are gentle on bare skin.
- Prevents contact with the metal chin rest clamp.
- The same CUSHION works with both violin & viola.
- Installs using the chin rest clamp you already have.
- The CUSHION has been designed to work with any standard chin rest clamp. (regular and Hill style clamps)
- Will fit into most instrument cases; no removal is necessary.
- Comes in three colors: Ebony, Rosewood, and Boxwood.
- The long channel for the chin rest clamp foot allows the player to move the CUSHION back and forth along the edge of the instrument.
- Contacts only the very edge of the instrument; allowing the instrument to vibrate freely.
Already have a kréddle CHIN REST? If so, you have the option of updating your kréddle with these new chin plates, or ordering a new kréddle CHIN REST. Updating the kréddle you already have requires removal of glued-on chin plate--see video below for a demonstration. New Chin Plates are not compatible with the original kréddle 1; please confirm your kréddle CHIN REST looks the same as seen at kreddle.com or in the video below.
GOAL BREAK DOWN
- $11,000 for 2 Injection Molds (1 for skeletal part, 1 for grippy overmold)
- $1,000 for injection molding materials
- $1,500 for color matching
- $1,500 for packing materials
= $15,000 total
Risks and challenges
We have spent years designing the kréddle CUSHION to exact standards that ensure as much as possible the manufacturing process goes smoothly. Unfortunately no rapid prototyping process allows us to make a fully representative prototype due to the "overmold" design of the CUSHION. Once the molds are made, we'll try different gradations of the grippy material, to get the right balance between firmness and grip. However, if testing proves difficult it may slightly delay shipment, though our August 2018 ship date for the CUSHION is on the pessimistic side already. If all goes smoothly we expect to ship in July 2018.
In addition to the "overmold" design constraints for prototyping, we'll also need to make sure the colors we've selected are showing correctly. This requires sending samples to a shop with expertise in color matching. We expect this to go smoothly, however if the colors end up tricky, it may delay shipment of the Rosewood and Boxwood CUSHIONs. The Ebony color will likely not be a problem.
We have a list of suppliers for other parts and shipping material. A shipment delay could happen if any of these suppliers are late in fulfilling our order. The minute we receive the Kickstarter funds however, we will place all of these orders, which will be several months before our anticipated ship date. This should give us enough buffer time to deal with any unanticipated supplier delays.
Between our extensive planning and the expert craftsman we're working with, we hope to fulfill all our promises on time. However, if you have any concerns, please feel free to ask for clarification at any time! Thank You!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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