My wife (Karen Pollock - also on Trad Connect) is a flute player; like many such, she tends to play with her head tilted and the flute held at an angle to the floor. This position has been causing her neck pain recently. She has tried sitting sideways on a straight-backed chair and resting her arm on the chair back, but this only works if the chair back is the right height. She has sometimes taken a suitable chair with her, but this isn't always practical, and is impossible if we travel by air. I'm sure that some other players must have similar problems, so I thought I would post my solution to the problem.

I have built her a portable support using a camera tripod and an old fiddle shoulder rest. To attach the rest to the tripod, I glued the tripod mount from an old camera case to the bottom of the shoulder rest, and reinforced the glue joint with several layers of epoxy. If anyone is interested, e-mail me ( and I can send some photos to show you what I did. 

We'll be travelling in July, so I'll post again to let you know how it worked out.


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