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  • #1923

    Kay Chang
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    What should I look for in rosin when choosing? Is it different for different levels of playing?

    #1963

    Michael Sanchez
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    I’m not a firm believer that rosin makes that big of a difference. There is one fundamental difference though that I have found regarding potency. Standard “boxed” rosin is very flimsy in how it is packed and because of that it is easy for rosin to fall off your bow and become dusty. Other rosins like “Jade Rosin” are much better in that they are very potent, and last a long time. I have had the same block of jade rosin now for 5 years! Regarding differences between light and dark rosin, I don’t think there is much of a difference. Some violinists would disagree with me completely on that topic.

    #2089

    April Ellis
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    I’ve been using Jade rosin for about 4 years now, and absolutely LOVE it! It’s smoother than any other rosin that I’ve ever used, and has a better quality. The only difference that I have personally found between light or dark boxed rosins, was that the dark rosin tended to sound warmer to me. But since using Jade, I don’t have to clean my violin nearly as often as I did using the boxed rosin. I’ll not ever use another rosin!

    #2120

    MaggieM
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    Right now my favourite is made by Larica (it says Larica Gold II Metall-Kolophonium on the box).
    It lasts forever, has next to no dust, and works well in my climate (which is usually moist with low to moderate temps).
    I find that the darker rosins are too sticky in my area.
    I buy Larica from ebay.

    #2450

    margaretellen
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    So I was thinking about rosin today…I was just wondering how often one should rosin the bow – every time you play? That’s what I do, but was wondering if that’s right. I’m not sure what kind of rosin I’m using, but it doesn’t make much dust, so that’s a good thing! 🙂

    #2478

    Nicole
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    I recently got some rosin from my luthier’s (my old rosin was grooved so badly that it was tearing out bow hairs every now and then). They didn’t have a whole lot of options, really: just light and dark. I’m not sure why, but my violin teacher really prefers the dark rosin. The box that it came in says that it’s supposed to have very little dust. I’d agree with that, but unfortunately it’s so new and shiny that I feel like I can’t get it off the block and onto my bow! As a result, I do tend to rosin every time I practice. I know that some people only put it on once every week or two, but I’d rather have extra rosin on my bow as opposed to not enough.

    #2572

    Michael Sanchez
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    Hey Nicolets, this is a simple fix. You have to scratch the surface of the rosin so that the resin comes up to the top. You can take the screw at the bottom of the bow to help scratch the surface, and/or a nail file which works well. This will open up more surface area and allow the rosin to be applied onto the bow easier. Once you do this 5-10 times, you will notice you won’t need to scratch it as much (if at all) going forward. This at least gets it started as brand new rosin needs this sort of breaking in.

    #2580

    Nicole
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    Ah! Thank you.

    #5065

    Brad Stevens
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    I’ve used Millant-Deroux dark for about twenty years. It gave me a little more grab than most that I’d tried to that point and didn’t seem as dusty.

    I won the Jade rosin on the chat a couple weeks ago — thanks again, Michael! — and only got around to cleaning the rosin off of a couple bows this morning to give it a go. I think I like it. I get the grab that I have enjoyed with my Millant-Deroux but with less of the very slight rasp that I sometimes hear in my tone. I think the Jade must be a little softer, because I had no problem at all getting through the shine when applying it to my bows.

    I saw someone on a forum elsewhere say that it will turn your bow hair green, but that seems unlikely to me since my other bow hair has never turned black from other dark rosins.

    #5725

    Mackenzie Alldrin
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    margaretellen, there is a test to see if your bow needs more rosin. Just run the bow hair across your thumbnail (as though your nail were the string). If a white streak of rosin is left on your thumbnail, you have enough rosin. If there is no white streak, or just a very faint one, you should rosin your bow. Hope that helps!

    #5730

    margaretellen
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    Thank you so much Mackenzie – that is very helpful!

    #5931

    techroam
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    This is very helpful thanks

    #5960

    Adam
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    I use the Sartory rosin on the Superior Violins website and really helps make the sound smooth and clear. The wooden box casing is really nice as well.

    #6145

    uuytggu
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    What is rosin made out of?

    #6148

    April Ellis
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    Originally rosin was made of out tree resin. I’m not sure what companies use now, or if it’s still the same. But, originally, tree resin. 🙂

    #6162

    AutumnCleveland
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    I haven’t heard of Jade rosin, of course I have not been playing long. My local music store only carries the boxed rosin, is Jade rosin something I can order online?

    #6166

    April Ellis
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    Michael Sanchez has it on his website Superior Violins. I learned about Jade Rosin about 7 years ago, and fell in love with it. When I first started playing the violin, and up until 7 years ago, used dark rosin. But Jade is so much better in so many ways. It’s got a cleaner sound, smoother play, and is all around a better rosin. It doesn’t get dusty like other rosins do. Plus it lasts longer than other rosins.

    #6385

    Mariko
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    Cool! I might try out Jade Rosin too. Thanks for sharing!

    #6502

    fbellezzo
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    I just got me a Hidersine rosin. I hope it works well…. we will see….

    #6762

    randolphr
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    Does rosin ever go bad ? Does it have a ‘shelf life’ ?

    #6802

    April Ellis
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    I’ve had some rosin that got such a horrible filmy build up on the top that it was no longer going onto my bow. But the jade rosin seems to last forever. It’s amazing! I have an accoustic violin, as well as an electric, and I have jade rosin for both of them.

    #7259

    Sarah Juarez
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    All this input about rosin is so interesting! 🙂 The rosin I have is clear, it’s called Magic Rosin. Has anybody heard of it? 🙂

    #7375

    April Ellis
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    I personally haven’t heard of magic rosin in my 15+ years of playing the violin, HOWEVER that means nothing. There are so many different types of everything out there. Up until about 7 years ago when I first learned of jade rosin, I’d never heard of it either. So I’m learning something new everyday in this community, and I LOVE learning everything that I’m learning about!

    #7475

    tiffanylynn2587
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    I had no clue about rosin until I read this topic! thank you

    #7494

    Toritheowl
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    When my friend was learning to play the violin in middle school, rosin always seemed like a very confusing subject to me. What is it? How do you put it on your bow? What does it look like? I didnt know that there were different kinds. The only thing I knew is that it supposedly came from trees. This thread was very helpful! It sounds like the Jade is the best type. And that’s a great tip to know if the bow has enough rosin!

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