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    I know there are pretty cheap arm guards out there, but I enjoy woodworking as another hobby and like the idea of a handcarved armguard (and it's a good excuse to practice with some handtools).

    I see many guards come with a clamp system, and you turn the arm/body of the clamp to squeeze the jaws together.

    Does any one know where I can buy those? Or is there another method that uses other hardware?

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    Default Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    Most I have seen use viola chinrest hardware. International Violin is one good place to buy if you are in US. You may have to open an account to see some items.
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    You could buy a cheap armrest from China and only use the hardware.
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    Violin chinrest hardware is available on ebay for a few bucks. You'll want to line the part that clamps on the top and back plates with cork or leather to prevent finish damage.

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    Course correction: As said above, Viola , (not violin) is the parts .. viola rims are thicker, more like mandolins ..

    (trick is it's both Rh & Lh threaded * so turning the thread matched barrel, pulls the top & back towards each other.

    * Turnbuckles do that too..
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    For mandola/mandocello/guitar. I got the last of what Cumberland had maybe three-five years ago. The barrels are the same but the longer, bent male threaded shafts are hard to find.

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    As has been stated you need viola chin rest hardware. The rest should be easy for someone familiar with woodworking.

    A lot of people sell the clamps.

    https://www.amazon.com/Homyl-Finest-...ruments&sr=1-1
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    You can also buy just the longer barrels if you have violin clamps already.

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    Verify your clamping thickness......viola hardware might work. Might not. It did not work for mine.

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    Default Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by ajh View Post
    For mandola/mandocello/guitar. I got the last of what Cumberland had maybe three-five years ago. The barrels are the same but the longer, bent male threaded shafts are hard to find.
    The threads are 6-40 UNF (or close enough). I buy 1/8" brass rod and thread with a 6-40 die. No other option on a nearly 4" deep mandocello. Be sure to bend before you thread it. The thread cutting work hardens the surface and it will break if you try to bend afterward.

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    Default Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by ajh View Post
    Verify your clamping thickness......viola hardware might work. Might not. It did not work for mine.
    On line violin shops like Shar, Decor Music and others sometimes have 39 - 40 mm chinrest barrels. I also like to use Hill style hardware, which has two separate feet vs a continuous fixed width clamp foot against the back plate.

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