Which Rosin?

April 8, 2005 at 06:58 AM · I have a question

What type of rosin is best for the violin bow? Dark rosin or the Motrya Gold brand? I will listen to all of your answers

Replies (12)

April 8, 2005 at 10:55 AM · Hi,

My favourite rosin of those I have tried is by William Salchow. Other good ones that I haven't tried are apparently Tartini and Liebenzeller Gold. Hope this helps.


April 8, 2005 at 11:01 AM · My rosin is a piece of 20 year old Hill Dark. They just don't make them like they used to. On the other hand, it never got me into the N.Y. Phil.

April 8, 2005 at 03:14 PM · You should select the rosin, depending the strings you're playing. If you play synthetics, you should select a hardest rosin (the dust is biggest) but, if you play in Eudoxas or in Olives, in gut in general, you should select a ligtther rosin. In my experience, dark rosin is better for gut core strings.

April 10, 2005 at 12:46 PM · Christian:

Last week I played in a large hall and used Liebenzeller Gold II – this grade II is a little grittier than grade I . It produces a loud sound with less effort and pushed the violin to vibrate and produce a greater volume. It made the violin physically easier to play. However under the ear it sounds rough. My pianist commented that he felt overpowered by the violin.

Ted Kruzich

April 10, 2005 at 02:06 PM · Go to your luthier and ask him/her which is best given your violin and strings. If this thread continues, there will be one vote for every brand, and you inquiry will not be advanced. That said, as I stated in a previous post in a similar thread, I think there is a great deal of hype concerning rosin, and there are probably a number of different rosins that would work fine. In fact, unless you are a professional or very good, you are unlikely to be able to tell the difference between the good brands.

April 12, 2005 at 09:59 PM · I agree about asking at the Luthier or Violin Shop where you buy your strings and rosin. Most stores carry a good selection of Rosins, both French and domestic. If you let them know which strings you use, they should be able to match the rosin to your level/amount of playing and the strings. I am partial to Pierre Guillaume French Rosin (I like the box it comes in also).

April 13, 2005 at 12:20 AM · Hi,

The Guillaume rosin is Belgian, not French as far as I know.


April 13, 2005 at 12:20 AM · Um, Jose Enrique? I use a combination of the three lower strongs being evah prazzis, and the E is a pirastro gold label. What type of rosin would be best for that type of string?

April 13, 2005 at 12:25 AM · Hi, I have the same combo as you, 3 Evahs and Gold Label E, I was using dominant rosin, but then changed to Tartini Green.

Tartini green has lived up to all the hype, its an excellent rosin for evahs.

April 13, 2005 at 02:47 PM · While Guillaume's school is in Belgium, his Rosin has the seal for French Rosin, whether this seal is given as to the style of rosin, where it's made, or where it originates from I'm not exactly sure, but all French Rosin have to have the seal to be legit

April 13, 2005 at 09:11 PM · I just started using Oliv rosin with my Vision Titanium Orchestra strings.....very good combo.

October 20, 2009 at 03:15 AM ·

Hello all,

    I am a novice violinist and would like to know which rosins are good for my violin also.  I have a Wilkinowski 1945 using Dominant strings.  I have heard that only a few rosins are made with natural rosin.  One of these is Tom Bakers.  Could anyone tell me of others using natural rosins and what you like if you have a similar setup?


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