I have a hard time keeping scratchy sound down, and since it seems to be remedied very briefly between rosining/string cleaning, it might have something to do with the rosin. On the other hand, it could be something that I'm doing wrong.
There seems to be a really, really tight balance between enough rosin and not enough rosin on my bow. I don't use much rosin to begin with; my friends tend to tell me that I'm not applying enough. But if I apply any more, it becomes extremely scratchy until I play it off for a couple hours and clean my strings quite meticulously.
Usually I'll play for a couple hours, clean my strings, apply one stroke of rosin, play a little, clean my strings again, and then for a little while after that it sounds fine. For a couple hours. Then I need to repeat the process.
I've tried Pirastro and Dominant rosin; the Dominant was notably better at first but I eventually started to suffer the same scratchy problem that I had with the Pirastro.
I've also tried cleaning the bow of all its rosin, and the strings on the violin are relatively new Dominants.
So I'm beginning to suspect that it might have something to do with the way I play. Maybe I need to apply a lot more rosin and a lot less pressure. Then again, my luthier has always suggested using very little rosin -- only one or two strokes worth.
I used to suspect the weather could be a factor, but I have two hygrometers and they both report between 48% to 55% -- which from what I remember should be about right.
Sorry for the long post; I figured I should supply as much information so that maybe someone can piece together the problem.
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