rojarosguitar wrote:Hello together,
I wanted to let you know that I got my arm rest from Kris Barnett today and it's a great workmanship. It exactly fits the contour of the lower bout and sticks to the magnets well without moving or play but yet not difficult to remove.
It has very slight contact to the rim of the top (where the inlay is. As this is not the freely vibrating part of the top (the top is supported by the small wooden blocks underneath to which it is glued), there is no substantial damping of the top vibration. The width of the little wooden surfaces on the armrest contacting the top also couldvstill be optimized to even diminish that residual damping, (I think). Damping of the top is certainly ways less than when touching the top with the forearm or clothes.
Installing was easy. Playing comfort is very good. It looks great. Personally first impression is it's a good construction. It's certainly much better than any other arm rest I ever tried (had already three others). Will keep you posted when some new insights appear ...
Thanks for posting this review, I will add mine a few pictures as soon as I'm able to.
I love the arm rest, I got it about a week ago, and even my teacher want one for his 10,000+ Humphrey.
The workmanship is superb, definitely luthier made. it looks absolutely as good as the rest of the guitar and if you did not know that you could simply pull it off, you would swear it was built with the guitar.
I find it more comfortable, and the Brazilian Rosewood feels great against my arm. the finish is nice, smooth and round and seems to warm up to my body temperature as I play.
Installation of the magnets too no more than 2 minutes to do, and I find that it fits fine with arm rest and all in my hiscox case.
The inserts that do touch the front are small enough to fit against the binding and I don't think they dampen the sound at all.
I think that the $100 price tag is appropriate because it is a hand made piece customized for your guitar, and has several components including the wood inserts, layers of wood glued together, and very nice padding for the side of the guitar.
Kris was nice enough to make it about an inch longer on each side at my request.
I highly recommend this piece as I feel it upgraded my guitar in quality, looks and sound to a much better instrument. Kris was very professional, quick to communicate and turned this around in a relatively short time.
And the design and great idea of using the earth magnets make it quite an interesting and useful accessory to own!