Chin Rest acoustical adjustment...
...Believe it or not, the acoustical adjustment of the chin rest can make a noticeable difference to the playability of a violin. If it is out of acoustical synchronization with the rest of the violin, it's presence on the violin will diminish the tone of the instrument. If properly tuned for the instrument, it will not have a negative negative influence.
...We want the downward tap tone of the top surface of the chin rest to be evenly the same as the back plate tap tone ( 198 HZ). As we tap around the outside edge, that tap tone should be an even 176 HZ. If any perimeter areas are higher than 176 HZ, scrape/ sand them slightly until it matches 176 HZ.
...Check to see if the horizontal area of the chin rest, where your chin actually rests, has an even tap tone of 198 HZ. If it is too high, then sand material evenly from the bottom surface (or top surface) of this area until it matches the goal of 198 HZ. If it is too low, then sand or scrape material evenly from the edges of the horizontal area near by where that side tap frequency is higher than 176 HZ, until it is raises the top tap tone to 198 HZ.
...I want to credit Pierre Leiba for his suggestion of the value of chin rest tuning. Pierre lives and works in the Bahamas and has done good work in helping solve some of the mysteries of better violin tone, and has been helpful to me also. Good work Pierre!
...Material from (underside/ top side) is sanded, scraped to lower the vertical tap tone of chin support surface directly above.
Sand or scrape material from thin edges of chin rest support surface to raise tap tone from the edge toward the center. We want the vertically downward tap tone of the chin rest, all over the chin contact area, to be 198 HZ, same as the back plate, and the side tap tone to be 176 HZ evenly all around perimeter.
..These come as a pairing of 198/176 HZ when adjusted correctly.