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

    #1963 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    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 Reply

    April Ellis
    Participant

    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 Reply

    MaggieM
    Participant

    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 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    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 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    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 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    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 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    Ah! Thank you.

    #5065 Reply

    Brad Stevens
    Participant

    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 Reply

    Mackenzie Alldrin
    Participant

    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!

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