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MrYikes
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January 18, 2017 - 8:40 am
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How much does rosin change with changes in temperature or humidity?  I have a variety of rosins, but have been using Fiddlermans rosin since it came out.  For whatever reason (can't remember) I started using other rosins and ended up going back to Jade and was happy with it.  Yesterday I noticed a thick layer of rosin on the strings giving off that grey, dull look.  I tried to get it off with a wine cork, nylon scratch pad, wood stick and my fingernail.  I finally resorted to alcohol which worked.  I have been using more rosin lately than I normally use.  I can go 3 or 4 days without adding rosin, but lately its everyday.  But that could be because I rehaired one bow and the other I am using is new and synthetic hair.  I will sort it out, I'm just wondering if you have had any similar experiences.

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Fiddlerman
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January 18, 2017 - 12:19 pm
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Yes, definitely. Synthetic hair doesn't hold the rosin very well at all. I've tried several variations.

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January 18, 2017 - 2:10 pm
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I reached a similar conclusion about the bow that came with my cheap EV. It was synthetic hair.   This was before I purchased my FM Concert and two FM CF bows, but I did have a horse-hair bow belonging to my old Skylark.   

With the synth-hair bow that came with it - rosin built up on the EV strings and body - and I was repeatedly re-applying rosin and cleaning-down the strings and asking myself - am I applying too much ? but no - because the synth hair bow would eventually just slip, and glide over the strings... ( I was playing / messing-around a LOT in the beginning ).  Finally thought - try the Skylark bow - what a difference  !

At about that time, I got the FM Concert, and some weeks later got a second FM CF bow ( because - believe it or not - I dropped the skylark bow on the floor - RIGHT on the tip - and it broke !   It is beyond repair, but I keep it to mess with the "upside-down-bow" playing four notes at a time thing.....  (infrequently, and only when I need an excuse to do something insanely crazy...)

Anyway - long story short - I dumped the synthetic hair bow...  It will never see the light of day again....  

I suspect it has more to do with the synth hair than rosin type, temperature or humidity - of course you can "make it work" - but - WAYYYY too much effort for me to bother with @MrYikes ! LOL 

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January 19, 2017 - 6:08 pm
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I am not good enough to feel a bow's worth while concentrating on the bow, but when I'm concentrating while playing music, it will suddenly occur to me that there is a problem.  That happened today with the synthetic hair.  I was playing and realized I didn't like the sound so I switched to FM carbon and was happy again.  At least now I have tried it and have made my determination about it.  All is good.

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January 24, 2017 - 3:56 pm
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Very cool. Glad to hear that you are happy again. 😉

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