Jade l'Opera Rosin
I can't understand why so many people rave about Jade rosin.
Sure, it's nice compared with beginner's rosin, but I think it is over-rated.
What do you think?
Lots of good rosins out there. I haven’t seen a lot of raving about Jade here on Vcom. The raving is usually reserved for Bakers, or Liebzeller gold dust extra fancy. Stuff like that. For a while, Andrea was all the rage, but that seems to have died down as well.
Jade has the advantage of being an excellent rosin for only about $10. I like it a lot, and it used to be my regular rosin.
Everyone raves about whatever new, expensive, fancy rosin comes onto the market. The grass is always greener on the other side—the other side, in this case, being the opposite end of a $40 purchase.
I personally prefer Tinkerbell's Golden Flying Dust rosin. Come on, unless there's a huge difference between one rosin and another, you won't be able to tell ever what rosin are you using. Blind test 5 rosins 10 times consecutively and you will end up saying many times the same rosin is 3 different ones.
I got a cake of Jade rosin some months ago.
Marco, are they still your friend?
I buy rosin for various whimsical reasons and chose Jade because of its green color and used it for several years. I ordered Bakers because of all the hype and used that one for several years. I also bought Liebenzeller with meteorites in it and used that for several years as well. Is their really ground up meteorites in it I wonder, but it is a good product.
I really liked Liebenzeller during the years I used it (mostly first half (so far) of this century). I actually had copper, silver, gold and the meteoreizen-loaded mostly all III-hardness for cello. My favorite was a choice between the gold and the meteoreizen, both had a good grip, but both would get a little sticky after 90 minutes of playing. The silver made sounds too "peaky" for my ears (even as they were failing) and the copper (that was gifted to me as a sample by Ellen Gunst of cellos2go.com) was too soft-sounding - but an excellent choice for beginners (in a way) because it was very forgiving of bad (crooked) bowing.
If it sounds good (yes, they do sound different) and plays well on your bow and string set up (yes, that can vary too), then go with it.
I keep Jade around because years ago I had a student who was allergic to rosin. We tried several kinds, even some that were supposed to be hypoallergenic. The Jade worked for that student.
I use Jade. I previously used Hill dark, and before that, Gustave Bernardel. I tried the Jade on a whim one day because my teacher had it, not really expecting anything, and both she and I were quite surprised at how much it improved the tone I was able to get out of my violin. Obviously not as much as, say, a different set of strings, but it was very noticeable, enough so that after I gotmy own cake, several people who didn't know I'd switched rosin later commented that that I was sounding better. Can't say how it would work for anyone else, but for my particular bow/violin/string set up, it's been awesome (and it's only $10.)
I use Millant Deroux rosin. Anybody else using that?