Rosin for hot, humid climate.
Can someone make some recommendations for rosin that is suitable for the hot, humid, southeast USA? I currently use Andrea Solo that was gifted to me, but it is a dark rosin and no matter how little or how much I apply, the sound starts to get "dusty" as I play longer and longer throughout the day.
I live in Vietnam and have the same problem with Andrea Solo.
Clarity from SuperSensitive is hydrophobic and unaffected by humidity.
I use Andrea Solo and live in the sub tropics. I've found it's not changing the rosin- it's frequent string cleaning that helps. I run over my strings very lightly with the finest grade of steel wool once during and then after I'm finished and that seems to take care it. I tried Bernadel and Melos and I didn't feel like they had enough grip.
I was going to ask if that's what cheap "white" Chinese summer rosin was for, but I guess you want more expensive.
Generally lighter rosins work well for hotter, humid climates, something like Bernadel. But I think the Andrea would get stickier not more dusty. It sounds like you might need a rehair. When the hair is worn out, the rosin doesn't adhere to the hair anymore. When was the last time you got a rehair?I personally like P. Guillaume rosin, it's a dark rosin that gives a nice attack and a smooth draw, it doesn't produce much dust and you only need to apply a little. I wrote an article recently on rosins: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/09/25/all-things-rosin/
In southeast Florida, all of the sliding glass doors have weep holes (to prevent pressure build-up in case of flooding) so we've got plenty of indoor humidity despite AC.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bernardel, I think I’ll try it.
I am due a rehair, but I am not near a luthier so that is out of the question for the moment.
Can you get Hidersine in the USA?
FedEx or UPS can deal with the luthier location problem. Just call the person you are shipping to for packing instructions.
I'd be curious what Amelia Chan had to add to this topic. As the CM of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, she should have gained enough experience with that problem. (Hopefully not with completely under-water use of rosin...) But haven't seen her here for a while...
I mentioned, above, that I was now using Larica gold 1 here in South Florida. When I initially switched from my stickier,, fir-based rosin, I discovered it combined poorly (that's a euphemism) with the Larica's larch base. Isopropyl alcohol baths for my bow hair ensued. But, hey, it's no fun to use the same rosin all the time, am-I-right? So I just got confirmation that samples of Melos light and dark are on their way to my local shop for me to try. Christos Sykiotis (the cellist and Melos creator) underlined the fact the he created his line of rosins expressly so they could be mixed (think, barometer starts to fall, add a swipe of the light, high-cold front rolls in... no prob... swipe left with the dark.) Thanks Christos. Looking forward to giving both Melos options a try.
You should all try the Leatherwood Bespoke Custom Blend rosin! Andrew Baker (the creator) will email you personally when you fill out the form and will give you a suggestion on how much crisp vs supple you should get. He even invited me to be a part of his Leatherwood Facebook group!
Holly, Christos (the "i" transliterates the Greek eta, giving a name which means "useful" or "pleasant", as opposed to the spelling with the Greek iota, which means "anointed". The Roman historian Suetonius probably assumed that it was because of riots about the former that Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome, hence his spelling of the name as "Chrestos") has a number of grades of rosin. O.P. would probably want the violin light rosin, but I think Christos may still be sending free samples (round discs, about 0.5cm thick).
Thank you, John. Terrific little bit of historical perspective on Chrestos and Christos. I'm not sure about the "anointed" bit concerning Mr. Sykiotis (although his playing may indeed be divine) but he certainly has been "pleasant" in his his eMails and judging by the sheer volume of Melos rosin chat on this forum over the years, I'm expecting the samples to be quite "good". Nomen est omen.
Midwest Great Lakes summers get pretty hot and humid. I like light rosins then: Millant light, Melos light, and lately, Salzman #1.
Right now I’m trying Bernardel and I am loving it. It seems MORE grippy than Andrea solo, maybe my Andrea was a fake.