I installed a new arm rest today that certainly beats both the built-in types as well as the suction cup and clamp models. I got it from Kris Barnett, a luthier based in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), who built it based on a tracing that I made of the lower bout my guitar body. What makes rest this unique is that it is held in place by powerful rare earth magnets, yet can easily be removed for storage in my guitar case. Re-installation takes about two (yes, 2) seconds.
Here is the method of initial installation, which amounts to getting two magnets in place inside the guitar.
http://www.krisbarnettguitars.com/pages ... tions.html
My two pictures show the arm rest installed and stored in the case, where it normally would be wrapped in a soft cloth.
I may be imagining this, but it seems that the volume and sustain of the instrument has changed for the better. Because I have long arms, I felt that an arm rest might help to position my hand better and more comfortably over the strings. This proves to be the case.
My new Barnett arm rest elevates the part of the arm that ordinarily might rest on the binding by about 14 mm. Is this too much?
Are you sure that having a "powerful rare earth" magnetic field so close to your heart for many years to come is a good idea? Who knows what disturbing findings the medical researchers will come up with down the road?Wianno wrote:
What makes this armrest unique is that it is held in place by powerful rare earth magnets."
Life is finite anyway and we'll have to die frome some unwelcome causes ... the big rare magnets can be - who knows - one of those reasons, they also could be the secret behind our longevity. Meanwhile we're alive and if our life and playing improves thanks to a fantastic arm rest held in place by big rare earth magnets, I'd go for that ...Intune wrote: Are you sure that having a "powerful rare earth" magnetic field so close to your heart for many years to come is a good idea? Who knows what disturbing findings the medical researchers will come up with down the road?
....Only kidding! Sounds like a great idea.
Olarte wrote:Well I talked to Kris Barnett, and have ordered one for my beloved "Clarita" it should arrive next week, and I will be sure to post some pix, and a short review.