Can I use bass rosin on my violin bow?

December 18, 2018, 10:22 AM · I have watched a youtube violin teacher that recommends bass rosin on the violin for more grip.

I live in a very humid country but when I go to a cold,low humidity air conditioned place i noticed that my dark rosin just doesn't grip the strings enough and it doesn't produce a big sound.

So I was wondering can or should i use bass rosin on my violin bow or should I stay away from it? Thank you for your answers.

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Edited: December 18, 2018, 10:29 AM · Try cello rosin first.

Best to borrow a few swipes from a cellist and bassist to see how it works for you - and play with it for a while because these softer rosins tend to gum up over time (not a lot of time either) if they are going to.

One fairly new rosin that seems to grip really nicely is the Thomastik Peter Infeld violin rosin.

December 18, 2018, 11:01 AM · I use bass rosin pretty much exclusively, but that's on plain guts.
December 18, 2018, 1:08 PM · Check to make sure you don't need a rehair. Good quality hair, good quality rosin, and good quality strings go a long way. I wrote an article not too long ago about rosin here: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/09/25/all-things-rosin/

Sure you could use bass rosin but for a violin with a modern setup, it's not recommended, there is a reason the rosin is specific for bass.

Edited: December 18, 2018, 1:22 PM · Before rehairing look up on youtube how to .clean. your how hair with alcohol.
December 18, 2018, 7:46 PM · Thank you all a lot! I think I am gonna clean my bow hair and use Peter Infield Rosin first and if that does not do the trick, I will have my bow rehaired.
December 19, 2018, 4:16 AM · I had an issue with my bow for a few weeks and I know that it needs rehair desperately. But my luthier has tons of work at the end of the year. So I decided to wait a few weeks. But the bow hair went wrong, I was upset. So I tried to clean my bow hair. I know there are lovers of cleaning bow hair, I have a feeling I don't want to do that regularly but in that situation, holidays, bad hair, there will be a hair replacement. So I gave it a try.

And I must say honestly, it helped a lot. The sound is better than before when I thought the bow is working properly. But I am still taking it like the aid like when my strings are fading out I prolong their life for two weeks by cleaning with alcohol. This bow was not rehaired for 3 years and I play with him regularly on daily basis.

I am happy with the result. But I am going to replace this hair very soon.

December 19, 2018, 4:22 AM · I think that cleaning can help a lot, but how it can return the springiness and stretchability of the hair lost during period of stretching and forcing powers. My luthier rehaired my wife's bow a few weeks ago. She had the hair for almost 10 years. But it was not played too much, just a little. But rehair, wow, it gave the bow such a nice sound, absolutely different reaction with string and it is super cool. It sounds so good with new hair, I think that cleaning cannot give something like this.

This is just my opinion, for everybody else can be different way and it is working.

December 19, 2018, 7:27 AM · If it’s the same YouTube instructor I’m thinking of, you can pass on most of her advice. Some of the things she says are incorrect.
December 19, 2018, 10:40 AM · Dimitri you're probably right. I also find some of her advice and tips are quite strange that i have never seen or heard before.

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