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Rosin cakes come in several shapes and each violinist/violist/cellist has their favorite - the debate is endless
I like Magic Rosin, but it looks like they're out of rosin for awhile, which is a good thing - they are a very small company with a great product that sold out really fast. Great customer service, great price, very nice people.
I use pirastro dark rosin and it works pretty good for me. 🙂
Definitely works a lot better than the cheap rosins that come with student violin outfits.
I did find a use for the cheap rosin that comes with the cheap fiddle outfits - you know how a new bow has no rosin on the hair? The better quality rosins take forever to build up enough on a new bow to play, but if you take a dozen or so strokes on the cheap rosin, then proceed to the better rosin you'll have much better results - the cheap stuff adds just enough "grit" to the naked bow hairs to allow the better rosin to be scraped off the cake.
What I learned to do is take a knife to new rosin. Scrape off some of the top layers for a good grip. Baker's violin rosin is the best that I heard? It's seasonal to get their rosin....
Yep, but if the bow is new, what do you do? Those un-rosined hairs just don't grab for awhile. Remember Fiddlerman's bow rosining tutorial? Took him a long time to rosin up a new bow...
Basic rosin--> Whatever came free in my violin box. The violin makes noise when applied. Lots of dust and sneezes.
I really like Jade (~$8). It's a pretty green color rosin cake that comes in a little screw open container with a little towel. The rosin grips a lot better than the basic student rosin, and it has lot finer particles on the bow, but less dust. I personally think my violin sounds nicer when I use this rosin.
Magic Rosin (free sample!) is a little less sticky and hard to apply (it's smaller and harder to hold on the towel). The containers are easier to store in the violin case, but it's kinda hard to get it out without touching it.
Super Sensitive light rosin (~$2-3.) Since it's a light rosin, it's not as sticky. Sometimes I prefer to use it when I want my bow to glide a bit more. It's not as nice as Magic and Jade, but it's a lot cheaper.
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