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Rosin Comparisons
Can anyone share their experiences with rosins?
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October 19, 2013 - 12:24 pm
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I plan on buying a new block of rosin for my violin. It would be great if people here could share their experiences and feedback with different brands of rosin. 

The latest I've used is of a Bachendorff brand. I've been using it for almost two years now and its starting to crumble. I've read that rosin blocks should be replaced every 6 to 12 months but I didn't feel changing it any time sooner since it was still doing its job. I can say that it's a step up above the generic rosin blocks that usually come in violin setups but I'm not so sure how high it places compared to other brands. 

I currently have my eyes set on the Jade, Pirastro Goldflex, Hill Dark, and the Andrea Violin Solo rosin brands. I'm looking for a smooth but gripping and responsive rosin so I guess I should be looking more at the lighter ones (correct me if I'm wrong). 

I know the brand/type of rosin to be used is really a personal choice and it would be best to experiment with each but if anyone can give me some direction to which brand I should try first, that would be great!

PS: Just in case knowing the strings I use will help, I use dominants for my G, D, and A strings while a Jargar Forte for my E string. 

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hello ves,

Well I'm a total beginner so i dunno how much my opinion really counts as most rosins sound pretty similar to me. I have been trying a few lately just to try them out and see what they are like.

I have used both light and dark hill rosins, and I really like them both.(especially compared to the cheap dark rosin that came with my violin) I used the light in the summer and the dark i use in the winter. They both sound great to me and for my level the responsiveness is awesome. I dunno how advanced you are or what kind of music you play but for a beginner like me i love them. 

I also just tried the Jade rosin since we are kinda that in between weather thats not quite hot/humid enough during the day for light or cold/dry enough at night for dark. It produced a wonderful sound that was inbetween the grippyness of the light and dark hill rosin BUT i found it wore off extreamly quickly, though to give it credit i just tried it out today and it's a new block so could be i just got less on the bow then i thought, but from some of the stuff i've read i'm not the only one who thinks it works off rather quickly. 

 

good luck on your rosin adventures. hope you find one you like :D There are tons to try. Oh n i have to mention it since im currently living here. Apparently there is a rosin called Melos (im pretty sure thats how its spelled) They apparently make their rosin like Baker's rosin, from live trees on mainland greece, but they ship all over the world and are a huge company and  its 100% pure rosin with no additives. I dunno how good it is cause i've never tried it, but having heard such great things about Bakers, thought i might mention it.

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I have been using Jade for a long time. It does not seem to produce as much dust as the cheaper rosins.

Duane

 

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For a while I used "Super Sensitive" light rosin. It was okay and basically did what rosin is supposed to do. Then I tried Hidersine light rosin, It seemed too dry and scratchy and didn't seem to give the bow a good "grip" on the strings.  These days I use dark rosin exclusively. I prefer it. I use it year round. Seems to give me a nice smooth but solid bow to string "grip" and a nice rich tone. I use dark rosin year round.

All rosins produce dust. Especially right after you rosin up the bow. I generally clean it off my fingerboard and body of the violin when I am done playing. Although some players just leave the dust on there. Guess it' a matter of preference. All musicians are different. I like to keep my violin clean and as free of rosin dust and smudges as possible.

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I use Magic Rosin's Ultra and 3G, and Hill's dark.  They're all considered "grippy" rosins, from what I understand.

The Ultra is what I use most often, and I'll switch to the 3G or the Hill Dark if the weather is very humid or dry, or if I just want a smoother or growlier sound that day.

None of them leave a lot of dust for me.  The 3G is a little dustier, and the Hill dark leaves a little more rosin on the strings, but not enough in either case for me to avoid using them because of it.

I prefer to keep the dust wiped off my violins.

I've also used RDM dark and whatever sort of cheap rosin comes "free" with inexpensive violins.  The RDM was pretty good, but the stuff that came with my old Mendini was pretty awful.  I gave both of those away when I gave the Mendini to a friend.

 

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Good info.  I will be looking for some rosin in the future.  I have tried three different kinds.  I am  ok with my super sensitive dark and   ..dang..the name escapes me for the round cake in the little plastic black  case that I bought from FM. I seem to be okay in the rosin area. I don't rosin as much as I used to..sometimes I forget..then I come to a play where some scratching happens or noise that I don't like.. and I realize A. there is build up on my strings.. OR B. I have not enough rosin on my bow.  Then thing sound better.  :)

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Again, I am using Jade. I do not get dust on my violin or fingerboard. I only get rosin on the strings, and I wipe that off before I play.

Duane

 

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I've been using 'Pirastro Piranito' ever since I started to play. It does the job without being dusty. It doesn't get all over the violin.

I've tried a couple of others and have found nothing better.

A couple of problems that I've had in the past that I thought could have been a rosen problem turned out to be a 'me' problem rofl

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Hi again,

I wanted to kinda change my last review just a bit. Today i got two more violin bows and i was able to actually do a comparison side by side of the three types of rosin. As far as sound goes the Hill light/dark and Jade all sounded the same. Surprisingly the only marked difference i noticed was that both the Hill dark and the Jade were more grippy on the strings the the Hill light. (darks do tend to be more grippy)  And between the Dark and Jade, the dark was more grippy then the Jade. The hill light didn't have as good a grip so the sound projection was slightly lower but over all the three were very similar.

As far as dust goes, they all seemed to be about the same. I only had a bit of dust on the strings and didn't see anything obvious on the body of my violin. The Hill dark was easiest to rosin the new hair of the bow, and the Hill light was the hardest (which makes sense being a harder rosin). the jade was already on the bow hair but being more on the darker side i don't see it being that hard to apply either.

The responsiveness of all three was great, but i feel like the Dark and Jade  definally had a better responsiveness due to having more grip on the strings. The Light took a bit more pressure to get the responses out of it.

The hill dark I will say for right now was my favorite as far as grippyness and the sound projection. The E on my violin is a bit shrill and this helped tone it down just a tiny more then the other two.  

I live in greece, and it currently fluctuates between cold in the mornings and warm/hot in the afternoons to cool in the evenings and we sit at about 60% humidity give or take. My favorites might change come summer, but probably not. climate might have a bit to do with ones that sound a bit better or worse but over all i don't think it makes a huge difference. hope this helps a bit. good luck! :D

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