Hello, I'm making review on multiple rosins I've tried.
First, a disclaimer. I am not a professional violinist. If anything, I should be considered as a beginner. I have been obsessively trying to find the rosin I like the best after realizing how much difference it makes after buying a new bow.
The medium I've been using is a German factory made violin from early 1900s labelled "Andrea Amati 1672" with Infeld Red Strings. I had to trade in my old violin and pay $800 on top of that. It sounds very good, warm, but needed a better set-up.
The bow is unlabeled Brazillian Pernambuco bow that I bought for $300. This is my only "good" bow, I cannot make a comparison if it's warmer or brighter, I can only claim that this gives me a LOT more control than anything I used as a bow. I am hoping to find a heavier and stiffer bow, because it seems that I've already dented a few spots here and there from aggressive playing.
Here's what I have used:
- Not too warm, not too bright, but it made grainy sound with my violin. I didn't like it at all.
It made a lot of residue and I needed to reapply frequently and very lightly(4 full strokes maybe) to avoid grainy sound. Moderate grip on the string. Moderate sound volume. This used to be my main-stay.
-Almost the same as Hill Light, but stickier and less amount of residue, but harder to clean. Again, required frequent application and even lighter application(2 full strokes). Very strong grip on string. Moderate-high sound volume.
-Definitely brighter than Hill, very smooth and requires less frequent application than Hill rosins and I have been putting 10 full strokes easily on the bow. It makes about the same amount of residue as Hill Light. Light grip on string. low sound volume.
-Brightest than anything I've used here, very smooth and 10 full strokes lasted me exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes of play. It's weird because as soon as the rosin wears off, you can immediately feel it. Try timing it. It's very accurate. While it makes very little residue, and not very sticky to touch, it has very good grip on the string. Also this rosin makes my violin sound the loudest.
//Sidenote: I've used this on a temporal violin with Dominant string, possibly during the break-in time. The brightness made my ears hurt. I didn't play again until Vienna's Best arrived.
This rosin made my violin sound the warmest. It makes as much residue as Hill Light, and about as sticky as Hill Light, it has a little more grip than Bernardel and moderate sound volume. I would consider this to be counterpart of Bernardel, except warmer sounding. The rosin cake top layer makes it easier to apply than Bernardel.
Overall, although Andrea Solo is priciest, if I could return other rosins and keep two, I'd like to keep Bernardel and Vienna's Best. I find these to be good enough and most pleasant to play with. I feel that Andrea Solo may be over-kill at my skill level.
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