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July 6, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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When is it time to get a new cake of rosin. 

I know that most professional musicians change theirs often, even say once a year. But I as a beginning amateur don't see why, since it still works. I mean I have 3 full size cakes.

1. Fiddlerman . 2. Kaplan Dark and 3. Magic Ultra, and even trying to play once a day for a few minutes. Over the last 3 years I have hardly dented them, yes they show use, but they are far from being worn out. 

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July 6, 2018 - 3:44 pm
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I'm no expert, obviously, but I think that if you aren't having any noticeable trouble with it, keep using it. One of my go-to rosins I bought when I started playing, so it is going on 3 years old, and I don't notice any real difference in it, still bites the string the same, isn't any dustier, etc. I'll keep using it until I notice some kind of change. 

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July 6, 2018 - 5:55 pm
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Yeah - for "fiddlers having fun" as distinct from aspiring professional violinists - like Mandy more or less said - if it ain't broke and if you don't observe significant changes in tone, response, bowing and action - don't try to fix it.

Of course, of course, there ARE folks who are truly in a class of their own, and indeed - more power to them - who recognize what are indeed the HUGELY subtle changes in playing over time - be it strings, rosin, and indeed the bow hair - some people WILL want to refresh their rosin maybe every 6 to 12 months, change strings after a few hundred hours of playing, and rehair the bow every six months.   I have NO issue with that at all - just quoting what I have read.

Personally, for me - it makes no difference, although for sure - there are cheapo rosins to avoid.   To my mind @OldOgre you have a reasonable choice of rosin there.  I would not worry over much at all.    There are arguments/discussions to be found talking about "the loss by evaporation" of the "essential oils" in a particular rosin cake leading to it "drying out over time" - and - I can in some way understand that - and I'm sure some of the real cheapo rosins ( which will fracture into pieces the moment you open the plastic case ) are probably either cr4p to start with, or have been sitting for years in a south facing shop window... LOLOL 

My own choices include Fiddlerman, Kaplan Dark, Pirastro Gold Flex and what is currently ( only currently ) my favourite - Andrea Solo  - every one in that list is gonna be pretty good - as are yours - and honestly - until you start to notice a real difference in bow hair grip, tone production and string response to bowing - don't waste money on rosin upgrades -  stick with what you have and save the cash to simply try different strings - MUCH more telling on any given instrument - ( hahaha - I still love my Prelude steel-strung 3/4 fiddle - nothing wrong with "good" cheap strings hahaha-yeah you'll be fine where you are Don ( @OldOgre)!!!!

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July 6, 2018 - 10:05 pm
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Thanks @BillyG and @damfino , 

I too have cheap rosin laying around that should be in the trash, but keep the to use on pegs that slip or to help remove the dye on fingerboards.

My good rosins have cases, all except the Kaplan Dark that come in a pouch, and still clings that the cloth that it comes in. They all still grip well and don't overly cause dust.

So I guess I'm good for awhile longer.. Have a great day at playing..

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July 9, 2018 - 11:23 am
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I've noticed that there comes a time when rosins are too dry and don't apply that well. For me, that can be 10 years or so. However, once you drop a rosin, it could be time for a new one. LOL

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