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I must mention the fact that I use some medium quality rosin. I thought about switching to another brand but one thought comes to my mind. We all know that the violin is a difficult instrument and it requires a lot of work in order to get that tone out of our violin, in other words, our main purpose is to stay in tune and play as good as we can in order to improve ourselves and the sound of the violin. I am afraid that if I switch to another rosin the violin will alter its sound and it will go on a different path and all of those months of hard work that were invested in creating that particular sound with that old particular rosin will disappear. Should I switch to a new rosin or not?
If the rosin you are using is doing the job, meaning that it gives good response and doesn't cover you violin in snow. Why change other then to experience what other rosins are like.
I use Magic Ultra, Artcraft Kaplan Dark and Fiddlerman premium. in that order all three have good response and are sticky. But don't snow all over my violins.
but rosins like bows are a personal choice, what I like and you like will differ.
hope you find what you are looking for. happy hunting,.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.
The violin sound depends heavily on a good rosin. I tried a lot of other rosins and always thought that I doesn't make any difference until I my professor recommended Laubach gold rosin
It really makes a huge difference and I am glad that I can play at a constant level at any weather or temperature condition.
Since many people are playing on old instruments such as Stradivari's with Laubach gold rosin, it suit you too.
Obviously not everything depends on the rosin, its how you play.
So keep on practicing and experimenting if you want to become great musician.
I've only been playing somewhat over 2 years, but I've experimented with about 10 different rosins (some real cheap ones). 7 of them are now in the trash-can and the 3 I have retained are Pirastro Goldflex, Kaplan Artcraft dark, and Fiddlerman (named in no particular order)
My bowing is still not consistent enough to specifically choose between them - but - I *do* know they are all subtly different. My instruments are kept in our lounge- temperature and humidity pretty constant (so I can't really tell about "other things that folks mention" related to different rosins behavior under wide variations of heat or humidity.) The bows I use are all the FiddlerMan CF bow.
I really don't think you will lose anything of your earlier months of learning by just trying out other rosins, in fact doing so will probably teach you something about the effects you will eventually come to notice and understand !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
I really like the Holstein rosin, so I'll give my 5 stars here, lol. (amazon wouldn't even post my review and won't let me rewrite a review for it, boo!)
I use two rosins, Pirastro Goldflex and the Holstein rosin, and like both equally for their different qualities. I've been using the Holstein more lately because it's the one I've been using on the Traveler and the bows I'm using with it, and I've been happy with its performance, and its been put to the test with our horribly humid weather we've had lately, lol.
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