Liebenzeller Gold

April 3, 2005 at 03:12 AM · I was looking at the Gold rosins made by Liebenzeller today and I was confused. I saw that there were different numbers after the word Gold on the box it comes in. What do the different numbers like I, II, III, IV and V mean? Do they pertain to the hardness, grade, or quality of the rosin?

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April 3, 2005 at 04:36 AM · Hi Josh,

It's grade. I and II for violin, I believe, with cellos and basses at the other end. I use II.

April 3, 2005 at 04:56 AM · I use III on the violin. It all depends, I think, on your climate and how sticky you want it. Gold I is too hard for me...not enough stick.

April 3, 2005 at 05:19 AM · Thank you so much Sue. I was thinking about trying the Liebenzeller Gold rosin and was just wondering about what knid I should get. Thank you for helping me understand. I think I might go with I or possibly II. Thanks again.

April 3, 2005 at 04:52 PM · Hi Josh,

I did a little reading up on Liebenzeller last year when I was hell-bent on finding the perfect rosin. I can't remember the source, but when looking for the difference between gold, silver and copper, I read that gold should apparently produce a brilliant sound, copper for warmth... and I can't remember what silver's supposed to do. But of course this could all be rubbish!:)

April 3, 2005 at 05:29 PM · Gold I is very hard. You would probably need to be in an extremely humid environment.

April 28, 2005 at 02:13 AM · I have tried Liebenzeller Gold II. Even the II grade is on the hard side. I think it's overrated for the price. The rosins still sold under the Hill name, and the Salchow, are better in my opinion. The Hill Dark is a sticky, grippy rosin that works well in dry weather. The Light is harder. I'd put Salchow in the intermediate spot. Nice stuff.

April 28, 2005 at 07:47 AM · Liebenzeller used to make a "Meteorite" rosin as well.I used to use Silber 1(viola) and Gold 2,but now use a French product.

April 28, 2005 at 03:51 PM · Well, after using a cheaper rosin for years, I treated myself to a L III...and I love it...I sound so much better! (And I need all the help I can get)...

...but I agree, there may be less expensive rosins out there that are just as good...all I'm noting is the increase in sound from a cheap rosin to an expensive one...

...I'm using the Bernardel on my viola bow...and am very happy with it as well...and it was a lot less expesive...

April 28, 2005 at 08:18 PM · After being a years-long dedicatee of Bernardel, I decided to try Salchow's rosin after visiting their atelier in Manhattan. This is now definitely my favourite rosin. It also seems to be a little softer than Bernardel - after a year, it still hasn't cracked, even with my rough treatment. I used to go through four cakes of Bernardel a year - very brittle stuff.

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