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Does anyone know of any Rosin which doesn’t affect the airways? I sometimes struggle with a sore throat after playing which I assume comes from the dust created which is invisible. I have thought of wearing a mask while playing but would rather use a different rosin if there is one which fits the bill
Fiddlershop carries "Clarity" Super-sensitive Rosin for Violin/Viola.
It's supposed to be hypoallergenic, but I haven't personally tried it.
From what I read it's extremely important to have all old sap-type rosin completely removed from the hair before applying "Clarity".
btw, I always flick off any possible excess rosin, using the top of my thumb nail on the underside of the hair (arms length away from me), before playing.
I am using jade at the moment, it seemed ok at first but is now getting to me, very annoying. I didn’t practice yesterday because of it, and I did wear a mask today but it feels strange. I would be grateful if you let me know what the new rosin is like, it’s becoming a real problem now. If the yumba is any good I will order some of that and try it out, thanks for the reply, much appreciated.
@stringy and others - I, fortunately, appear to be immune (or at least unresponsive) to the rosin dust itself, and to any possible allergic reactions. It is interesting that my Andrea Solo rosin carries such a warning, and for that I highly commend their approach to identifying a possible allergen in their product.
I posted a "funny" concerning this on FB recently - and please don't misunderstand me - it IS a joke and comes as a result of my Scottish sense of humour - and as I mentioned, full marks to the manufacturer for pointing this out!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
That stuff sounds really good, and thanks for giving such an in depth reply. I don’t think most people take much notice of rosin until it starts to affect them in some way, I will give the Arcos a whirl I think, and see if it makes any difference. I have found with the jade I constantly have to rosin the bow, which I don’t like having to do. With the Arcos that you mention it seems a good sign that it doesn’t leave a residue, maybe it will be easier on the lungs.
On the other hand, my experience is that Jade is extremely low dust and plays easily -- in fact, switching to Jade caused an instant improvement in my bowing technique because I didn't have to fight the strings as much. The only down side to Jade is that the rosin doesn't stay on the bow very long, but even so, three or four bow strokes across the rosin cake will get me through a 3-hour orchestra rehearsal.
Jade is exactly what I currently recommend to anyone who wants a low-dust rosin.
But choice of rosin depends on a lot of things: strings, playing style, and especially climate. I find Jade works well in a hot, dry climate. But it is a soft rosin that may not work nearly as well in humid climates.