How much does rosin matter?
I have recently purchased a violin & bow, and the workshop owner claims it makes a massive difference to the sound if I use a specific rosin tailored to this instrument/strings/bow.
Is he just trying to get me to buy some expensive $50 rosin or is there a lot of truth to his suggestion?
If this helps, the rosin is Larica Gold II and it's an early 20th century German violin/bow.
That's one of the Liebenzeller Gold rosins. That's a high-quality line of rosins, but there are plenty of other good rosins, including less expensive ones.
There a massive difference between the rosin that comes with most student violins and every other decent rosin out there.
Thanks - I'm already using Pirastro Oliv Evah rosin.
Rosin! Been a while:)
I've never heard of anyone not using rosin, including professionals. How does that work?
Everyone uses rosin.
Jason probably refers to the last time we had a rosin thread.
To get your violin to sound right, you need to try at least 50 bows, 10 rosins, and 10 sets of strings. Because these factors are indeed interdependent, as your dealer says, you are faced with conducting no fewer than five thousand individual experiments. Let me know how it goes. And by the way if you get a new violin or even a sound post adjustment you have to do it all over again.
I really like the Larica Gold III on my viola.
Demian is correct. I also have ten different kinds of rosin at home, so please don’t think I’m casting stones;)
Alright, I think given that I am a broke student I'll stick to my (brand new) Pirastro rosin for now :) Thanks everyone for the info.
The thing about the cost of rosin is that even the most expensive one in the world costs less than a single one-hour lesson and it'll last for a couple of years (or centuries if you use it "sparingly" by taking a few swipes every couple of months).
But... what is this rosin?
Michael that's the going rate in some areas. Fortunately not in mine either. I pay about $60.
On my violins I'm still using a dark cello rosin I bought in the '90s. It's getting a bit thin but hasn't broken yet - but I have a new Pirastro rosin in reserve, just in case.
The difference between a $100 rosin and a $100 lesson is that a $100 lesson has half a chance of improving your playing if you spend the next month practicing what you discussed in the lesson. By contrast, while a $100 rosin will have no impact on your playing at all but will make you feel better. :)
It's that instant gratification that drives us, Chris.
Some rosins do make a difference - at least right after you apply them-a BIG difference. Perhaps this is why cellist David Finckel recommends frequent applications of lots of rosin. He is pretty much an outlier in this opinion - but his results cannot be denied! However, I find that if you do that you will want to clean your bow hair rather often.
"Thanks - I'm already using Pirastro Oliv Evah rosin.
Well I think rosin is just a myth.
Pirastro Oliv-Evah rosin and Larica Gold II are both good rosins. Unless there is something you're not getting with your current rosin that you get with the Larica, I see no reason to switch.
Has anyone here tried Andrea Solo rosin?
Yes, see above.
I’ve never spent more than 8 bucks on rosin.
Andrew be sure not to miss the new thread with your name in the title.
Andrew Victor's guide to rosins of the world, perhaps? ; )
To get your violin to sound right, you need to try at least 50 bows, 10 rosins, and 10 sets of strings.*
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