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40 yrs ago I had a chunk of light soft rosin that smelled strongly of rosin.Nowadays it looks like the light rosin is hard and the dark rosin is soft, but my dark rosin isn't as soft as what I had and none of my rosin cakes smell much like rosin.
Does anybody know where I can get some light, soft, smelly rosin?
Been on the Baker's Rosin list over a year now.... maybe come 2020 I'll receive an invite to purchase... Just gotta wait (anyone wanna split a cake?) !!!! Although - have to admit - I recently got hold of the Pirastro GoldFlex - new cake - relatively soft - but sticky - no need to "break/roughen the surface" at all, which quite surprised me compared to all the others I've tried. Right now, I like the GoldFlex - it made an instant and recognisable difference - nice and grippy (well on the bow and strings currently in use here - to be precise - D'Addario Prelude steel core with Kaplan E, and an FM CF bow. I'll be swapping strings soon, back to the Larsens - we'll see how the GoldFlex works on those.... ).
My rosin of choice (until now - but I think it will be the GoldFlex for a while) was the Kaplan Artcraft dark... but as I say - it depends on the individual setup and even preferred playing genre/styles. See, when I started out - I had NO idea how these things would all interact (well, I "guessed" that would be the case, but it takes a while to explore, experiment, understand etc all these little subtleties, let alone the time it took to achieve a controlled and consistent bowing so I could actually be aware of the differences.... )
@djroger - on most cakes of rosin I've tried, I'll, once in a while after rosining-up, give the hair a quick flick with a fingernail from the under-side of the hair to get a puff of rosin-dust - just smells like pine trees - which - I suppose - is kind of understandable. Also, it "kind of tells me" how heavily rosined it is, or otherwise - Hmmm... haven't actually done that on the Goldflex yet - next time... LOL
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Many decent rosins already have been mentioned
I love the smell of rosin! Actually it's one of my best memories since my early childhood! Not only the smell of the rosin cake itself, but the one that develops in your hands, and near you when you play after a little time.
The Pirastro Eudoxa Rosin is really soft, not THAT light (in terms of colour, its nearly honey) but it smells great. It's meant to be used with gut strings, I know, but I have been successfully using it with dominants and Evah Pirazzis (the last ones need a little more though).
Otherwise, you could try the 'Vision" rosin by TI. It has a really piney and spicy scent.
From whatever I have tried, the Evah Pirazzi Gold rosin, has the least "smell" on it. I would avoid that in a rosin hunt where we are after the "one with the best smell"
madbill I love the Gold Flex rosin. I haven't purposely sniffed it, but the occasional whiff will reach my nose while playing, lol. I always like the smell. I think I will have to sniff it when I get home from work and see for sure what it reminds me of, lol. But overall I love the feel of it while playing. Grips enough but not too much, and super easy to clean off of the strings.
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