Linnd "Laxo" Violin Shoulder Rest was conceived,
designed and developed in the Shetland Islands by Kenny Johnson,
fiddler and designer of the world-famous Skyinbow electric
violins, featured not only on-stage at shows such as Riverdance
and Lord of the Dance, but also in many a pop and rock video.
development of the unique Linnd violin shoulder rest combined
highly-skilled hand-craftsmanship with the latest Computer
Aided Design techniques to produce what is probably the greatest-ever
advance in the history of the violin shoulder rest. This
advance in design is so revolutionary that the Linnd shoulder
rest has already gained a UK patent and is now awaiting the
grant of pending patents world-wide, having already gained
design registration in major international markets.
In overcoming the design flaws that plague all other available
conventional violin shoulder rests, Kenny Johnson has developed
a shoulder rest that allows a users violin to resonate
with complete freedom from restriction, dramatically improving
both tone and volume in comparison to other shoulder rests.
The Linnd shoulder rests patent-pending additional transverse
bar eliminates splay and its small, elegant feet hold the
rest in position with the minimum of pressure. The use of
high-technology materials means that the Linnd violin shoulder
rest is extremely light in weight, further reducing any potential
effect on the sound of any violin to which it is fitted.
The vast majority of conventional shoulder rests rely on a
relatively high pressure across the back of a violin to resist
their tendency to splay open and to fall off when the instrument
is being played. This transverse pressure badly restricts
the vibration of the back of the violin and changes its resonant
frequency, thus diminishing both tone and volume. In addition,
the large feet of a conventional rest bear both on the back
and on the sides of the instrument, further restricting its
ability to resonate freely. Using a pad as a rest -
or even no shoulder rest at all - can also result in a tone-suffocating
pressure being placed on the back of the violin.
Made in Great Britain from high-technology materials and featuring
a unique, padded form factor that is adjustable both in width
and height to fit virtually any violin and/or violinist, the
patent-protected Linnd shoulder rest offers the musician a
combination of ergonomic and sonic advantages that cannot
be surpassed, or even equalled, by any other violin shoulder
The extremely light weight of the Linnd shoulder
rest has minimal effect
..on the sound of the violin
The structure of the Linnd shoulder rest is designed
to create a totally
..stable supporting platform for
The "no-splay" design of the Linnd shoulder
rest means that very little
..pressure is required across the
back of the violin to keep the Linnd rest in
..position. This lack of
constriction allows back of the instrument to resonate
..freely, dramatically increasing
the tone and volume in comparison to other
..conventional shoulder rest designs..
The small feet of the Linnd shoulder rest are
designed to have their point
..of contact outside the purfling
line and therefore, when compared to other
..brands, do not dampen the back
and sides of the violin.
For maximum ease of use and playing comfort, the
Linnd shoulder rest
..is easily and quickly adjustable
in both height and fitting width to fit virtually
..any 4/4 violin and player.
The Linnd rest has sufficient adjustment range to
..fit many 3/4 violins.
The ergonomic and sonic advantages of the Linnd
shoulder rest cannot
..be surpassed, or even equalled,
by any other violin shoulder rest.
Each and every part of a Linnd shoulder rest comes
with a lifetime warranty to
. its original purchaser that covers
both materials and workmanship.
. Registration is required to activate
this warranty. Damage caused through
. accident or misuse or normal
wear and tear is excluded.
This short animation shows you the way that the Linnd
Laxo fits together and how its inserts can be used to
adjust the overall height of the rest. The way that the
fine adjustment of the spacing of the feet is done by
using the unique Linnd insert is also demonstrated.