US 9,812,100 B1
Individually customized musical instrument supports, customized elements, and methods for forming the same
David P. Mobley, Niskayuna, NY (US)
Assigned to David Mobley, LLC, Niskayuna, NY (US)
Filed by David Mobley, LLC, Niskayuna, NY (US)
Filed on Mar. 8, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/64,212.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/130,282, filed on Mar. 9, 2015.
Int. Cl. G10D 3/18 (2006.01); G10G 5/00 (2006.01)
CPC G10D 3/18 (2013.01) [G10G 5/005 (2013.01)] 26 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for forming an individually customized musical instrument support, the method comprising:
providing an apparatus comprising a shape-conforming bag of controllable rigidity and a platform component, the shape-conforming bag having a granular material and a fluid;
attaching the platform component of the apparatus to a musical instrument;
adjusting the assembly of the musical instrument and the apparatus such that the musical instrument is in a playing position and a surface of the shape-conforming bag contacts and conforms to a portion of a musical instrument player's body;
removing fluid from the bag to change the bag to a generally rigid state to obtain an impression of the portion of the instrument player's body;
removing the apparatus from the instrument player's body and from the musical instrument;
scanning, using means for scanning, a portion of the bag having the impression of the portion of the instrument player's body to generate an electronic representation of the impression;
creating an electronic model of an individually customized element of an instrument support using the electronic representation of the impression of the portion of the instrument player's body;
fabricating a resilient individually customized element having an individually customized resilient contoured surface corresponding to the impression of the portion of the instrument player's body using the electronic model, and a surface attachable to a universal component releasably attachable to various sized single-type musical instruments;
attaching the surface attachable to the universal component to form the individually customized musical instrument support; and
wherein the individually customized musical instrument support comprises a chin rest or a shoulder rest.