About this project
Update: 3D Rapid Print of Final Kréddle.
This is a 3D Rapid Print of the final version of the Kréddle. Notice that the final version can be substantially lower than the prototype shown in the other images. The final version can adjust in height between 25mm to 38mm. Also, this photo shows that the Kréddle can hover over the tailpiece, providing this as an option for those who prefer an over-the-tailpiece chinrest. NOTE: The white color and rough surface shown are a product of the 3D Rapid Print process. The actual Kréddle will be all black, and super smooth.
If you’re like me, you probably have a bag of old chinrest and shoulder rest parts, scraps of sponges, cloths, and rubber bands, and have spent hours trying to find a chinrest that fits you.
As a violinist, all I want is a chinrest that helps fill in the space between the top of the violin and my chin, gives me a feeling of security when I play, a chinrest that actually helps keep the violin where I want it for my technique, and that does all of these things while comfortably cradling my chin. Unfortunately chinrests today are one-size-fits-all blocks of wood with contours that often force the violin into weird angles detrimental to good technique, sound, and posture, and they are often way too stubby to help those of us with taller necks. In short, the chinrests available today offer us no OPTIONS. Right now all we can do is settle for the “best option.”
Creation of the Kréddle
Three years ago I decided not to settle for the “best option” anymore. While studying violin performance at the Eastman School of Music, I realized that a properly fitting chinrest was the single most important part of my setup. So while on winter break from school I sat down with my Dad, a mechanical engineer, and we bounced ideas off of each other until we came up with a design we thought would give me the options I wanted from my chinrest. The next day we went to a local scrap yard, found some random pieces of steel, and I spent the following few days cutting, filing, drilling, welding, and sanding various parts into shape. By the end of that winter break, I had a working (albeit ugly) prototype of an adjustable chinrest. Now we’re 3 years, 25 revisions, and 3 prototypes later, and we’ve arrived at the Kréddle--the most adjustable, sleek, and comfortable chinrest the world has ever seen. And I need your help getting it to violinists and violists around the world!
But before we get into the nitty gritty, I just want to say that I have struggled with pain while playing for most of my life as a violinist, and this has made it difficult to practice and play. Now that I have a Kréddle on my violin, my playing has improved and more importantly so has my enjoyment and health. Study’s show that up to 80% of violinists and violists will struggle with playing related health issues, and that 12% of these players will have to stop playing altogether. This means that no less than hundreds of thousands and over the years millions of players have and will have to deal with pain while playing. Just know that if you choose to support this project, and to pass on this campaign to everyone you know, you will be improving the lives of thousands of violinists and violists around the world!
What the Kréddle can Do!
The Kréddle's patent pending design gives you complete control over your setup. You can adjust all of these angles:
360º Lateral Placement
All told you can adjust the Kréddle along every 3-dimensional axis in any combination you choose! And once tightened down, the Kréddle does not move at all, until you decided to try somethings else of course.
How the Kréddle is Designed!
I have been working closely with Steve Rapp, an engineer in Rochester, NY on the design of the Kréddle. Over the years we have agonized about what materials to use, how to make the most adjustable chinrest ever while keeping things small and light, and how to make sure it provides years of security and comfort. And we’ve hit every goal.
Gentle Contours: The Kréddle is designed with gentle contours on top, because as you start tilting and rotating the Kréddle, you can control how much contour you want to feel and where you want to feel it. If for instance, you want more stability, you can roll the Kreddle forward and you’ll end up with a steeper slope to grip with your chin. The gentle contours also ensure that you will not feel any pressure points, and the chinrest will not cut into your chin, like so many standard chinrests do. Bye bye violin hickys.
Minimal Design: We meticulously designed the Kréddle to support you where you need it, and to get out of the way where you don’t. Many chinrests have a bunch of extra material that does nothing and often gets in the way. We designed the Kréddle to be as unobtrusive and comfortable as possible. Thus once you place your chin on the Kréddle, it disappears and the audience will have a hard time even seeing that you have a chinrest at all.
Security: As a professional violinist myself, I know how important it is to have a solid chinrest. With this in mind, once you find a supportive, stable, and comfortable place for the Kréddle, you can use the included hex key to lock everything down. Even though the Kréddle can move in every direction, we made sure that once you tighten everything down, the Kréddle does NOT move at ALL. And because you’ve found a perfect combination of solidity and comfort customized to YOUR body, the Kréddle will give you an astounding sense of security in your playing!
Hypoallergenic: Over the years we have considered many different materials and processes to make the Kréddle. Due to a superior combination of strength, lightness, and workability, we are going to make the Kréddle out of a space-age composite material. This material is completely hypoallergenic, offers amazing strength-to-weight properties, will last a lifetime, looks sleek, feels smooth as a baby’s bottom, and will not cut into the precious few ebony trees we still have. The Kréddle will attach to your violin with the time-tested and safe brackets covered with cork violinists have used for years. Make sure to check out Reward Level 4, where you can get the optional stainless steel bracket.
The Kréddle will be made by expert craftsman in Boulder, Colorado!
We hope that through this Kickstarter we can get you your very own Kréddle. With the support of the Eastman School of Music, over the last three years I’ve worked with several engineers, craftsman, and an industrial designer, to make sure that the Kréddle is the most supportive, most comfortable, and the sexiest chinrest ever made. In order to take this project to the next step we need to raise $18,000, and I can’t express how much I need your help! Here’s how every dollar will be spent:
$10,000 - Manufacturing Molds
$2,500 - Cost of Material for Kréddle
$100 - Hex Tools
$2,500 - Chinrest Brackets
$100 - Shipping Boxes
$1,000 - Shipping Costs
+ 8-10% fee for Kickstarter and Amazon (~$1,800)
“How can I help!”
In order to make this project a success, we need everyone to help in any way they can. In addition to your pledge, the greatest thing you can do for us is SHARE SHARE SHARE! Because the violin and viola community is comparatively small, we need everyone to help make sure as many people know about this project as possible!
Even if you don’t personally play violin, you can get involved and make sure players in need have access to the Kréddle. We have designed the Rewards to ensure that EVERYONE can get involved! Here’s how it works:
Rewards for Violinists and Violists: Rewards include: your name on the kreddle.com website forever, a soft microfiber cloth for polishing your instrument, a Kréddle for your violin and/or viola including an option to have a stainless steel bracket, the chance to download a video tutorial that talks in detail about what the Kréddle can do for you, and finally the chance to receive 1 hour of one-on-one video conference time so I can help you setup your Kréddle and talk about anything and everything that concerns you about violin playing.
Rewards for Enthusiasts of Violin and Viola: Say you love to listen to violin and viola, or want to support musician’s health, or want to help your child, grandchild, or a deserving player, but have no need of a Kréddle for yourself, here’s what you can do!
After the project's successful completion, in addition to your name going on our website and your microfiber cloth, you can tell us where you’d like us to send the Rewards that match your pledge. We will then send the Rewards on your behalf naming your generosity to whoever you selected. This way you can help a player in need including your grandchild, a player in your town, your local high school orchestra teacher, a player in your local symphony, a college student, or whoever else you’d like!
Thank You! Now: Share! Share! Share!
Thanks for taking a look at our project, and please feel free to send me a message with any questions! Now please head up top and pledge what you can, and then share this project with everyone you know through facebook, word of mouth, and email! SHARE SHARE SHARE!
Risks and challenges
We have spent years designing the Kréddle to exact standards that ensure as much as possible the manufacturing process goes smoothly. That said, the trickiest part of the manufacturing process will be attaching the cork padding to each Kréddle one at a time. Depending on the number of Kréddle's being sent out as Rewards, this may take some time. However, we've factored in the estimated time needed for this job into the anticipated ship date.
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
Yes! You can choose to receive either a Viola or Violin Kréddle with a pledge of $75 or more.
Yes! Please disregard the "ships within the U.S. only" line in each Reward. If you live outside of the U.S. please add $10 U.S. to your pledge and we'll ship the Kréddle internationally.
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