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Lots to think about.
I have a luthier and he sold me my violin so he knows my violin very well. I can see him in person and he can hear my strings and how they sound with the rosin I am using. He can watch me play and tell me if it is my technique, my rosin, or a combination of either. I would probably talk with him before changing anything anyway.
I am sure that Fiddlerman products are excellent... no doubt. I just really trust my luthier with my violin.
- Pete -
I also use the D'Addario Kaplan Premium dark rosin (the one in the cute little hard case) on my violin.
I enjoy it.
It produces a nice smooth sound on my violin.
It is however, an unusual product for 2 reasons:
1. I have to re-rosin approximately every half-hour of play.
2. Oddly it leaves no powder at all on my instrument.
I was so baffled by these two unusual behaviors that I just assumed I was putting too little rosin at one time ... so I went overboard as a kind of experiment and rosined the heck out of my bow. Mistake! My playing was all scratch for a couple of days 'till it wore off.
So, as long as you don't mind rosining your bow frequently it is a great product that produces a nice sound and leaves next to no residual powder on the body of your violin. I would abstain from using it during a long performance though, since it wears off so quickly ... but it is great for practice and super long-lasting.
To summarize: I feel this rosin is a bit shy and eccentric .... but definitely loveable.
@littlefox - Welcome to the forum!
I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why you would use a rosin you have to re-apply every half hour?
I usually play for a couple hours a day and my "Andrea Solo" lasts me TWO DAYS!
AND, there is no dust on my Violin - except some residue on my strings, which I keep wiped down.
Sometimes I use a little "Premium Holstein" - applied 1st, under the "Andrea Solo" for when I plan to use my G & C strings a lot (I have a 5-string Violin).
I hope you'll consider trying a different rosin so you can enjoy playing longer without unnecessary concerns.
Could you introduce yourself? There's a place for New Members to do this at the beginning of the Forum's subjects. It would be nice if you could tell everyone a little bit about yourself!
Thanks for the reply to my post. I decided to take your advice and try some new rosins. I bought Hidersine 6V and Jade L'Opera. I don't like the Jade at all ... it seems to have little grip and I slip and slide all over the place. But I do prefer the Hidersine now over the Kaplan and while all three leave no trace of rosin powder on my violin, the Hidersine also leaves less of a footprint on my strings than the Kaplan did. There are so many to try - and as Mouse said ... equipment, preferences and environment surely play roles in one's choice of rosin. I look forward to trying out more rosins in future.
That's good to know, Pamela - glad you found a rosin you like.
I think there's more out there I want to try, too.
It can get pricey when you start trying different rosins, but some manufacturers offer "half cakes" which is more than enough! (lol)
There's another great thread on rosins under the main "Violin" heading (2nd page, about Fiddlerman strings), you may enjoy - probably even more floating around other places in this forum, also!
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