Jade Rosin with Gut strings

May 22, 2017, 1:22 PM · Hello, I was wondering if it is ok to use jade rosin with gut strings and if it wont saw through the string.

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May 22, 2017, 2:26 PM · Hi Wlliam. I've read (not sure if here in violinist.com) a discussion regarding a characteristic of rosins. It has to do with melting point I think. The person explained that Jade has a lower point compared with others like Andrea Solo and Melos dark and that's the reason you need to rosin your bow more frequently with Jade than with the others.

I use Hills dark with gut and it fits the job. G wound gut, D gimped gut, A plain gut and E goldbrokat. Some weeks ago I sent an e mail to the string's maker regarding the best rosin for gut strings and they told me that most players report Hills as the most used.

May 22, 2017, 3:46 PM · Hill light is also good. :)

But, as long as there are no abrasives like bits of meteor or metal in the rosin, gut should be fine. :)

May 22, 2017, 4:12 PM · I have used Jade in the past for several years. Very sticky rosin.
May 22, 2017, 5:14 PM · Does jade contain metal?
May 22, 2017, 6:44 PM · Should say on the website, but not that I'm aware of. :)

Alternately, none of the rosins on the market are sticky enough for me on plain gut, not even Pirastro's Oliv/Evah rosin (stickiest on the market).

So, I will be ordering a cake of Aquila's historical recipe rosin (Melos Dark is also stickier than the Oliv, and will be probably be perfect for most players-I have a light arm via being short, so need a LOT of grip for my very thick gut strings). :)

May 22, 2017, 7:09 PM · Should be fine, but I've only ever used it with wound gut.
May 23, 2017, 9:01 AM · Do not believe that Jade has metal, nor do Millant dark and light. The same manufacturer, Millant, does make a metal rosin - Silver & Gold.
May 24, 2017, 11:11 AM · It may be worth considering a dark cello rosin. I've been using a cake of this (left over from my cello days) for years on the violin with no problems, and that's on plain gut.
May 24, 2017, 11:12 AM ·
May 24, 2017, 11:13 AM · [accidental duplicate]
May 25, 2017, 12:48 AM · See Tom Quinn's post here: http://www.violinist.com/discussion/archive/25924/
June 20, 2017, 6:11 PM · I've used plain gut on and off for many years, and never noticed that rosin made much of a difference. Light in the summer and dark in the winter works great. Many traditional brands (Hill, AB, Salchow, Hidersine, Bernadel, are fine. Don't obsess over it!! I do NOT think you need am especially sticky rosin for plain gut strings.
Edited: June 20, 2017, 7:07 PM · You do if you are a smaller guy with light arms who emphasizes bow speed somewhat over pressure... unlike beefy Oistrakh... :D

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