Best rosin with Pirastro Passiones
Hi! I got Pirastro Passiones for a christmas present. I was wondering that what is the best rosin with them? I have Oliv/Evah rosin now, but I’m not sure is that the best one with those strings. I’ve heard Salchow rosin is great, how about with that string set? Or Evah Pirazzi Gold rosin?
I use Leatherwood with mine (supple mixture) and I've been very happy. I did use the Olive/Evah rosin before and prefer Leatherwood.
Nathan, what type of Leatherwood do you use?
Oliv Evah is the rosin I 'would' use! Dark rosin for gut strings works very well.
Samuel, I think Nathan already mentioned he uses the Supple type of Leatherwood
Evah rosin is terrible. Liebenzeller is amazing. Gold I or II for power. Silver I for silky smooth. Meteor-eisen I for in between.
I have been using Bernardel for all circumstances, but for the Passiones I get better results with Andrea Solo.
I say to hell with it and use bass rosin.
I use Kaplan and Baker (the lighter colored versions). They both work well.
Same as Nathan -- I use Leatherwood supple.
I'm tempted to agree with Cotton if Samuel is in Finland in the winter time. Otoh maybe he's got his central heating turned up really high.
Andrea "a piacere" for me, and nothing else. (if I need a lot of bow response, eventually Liebenzeller gold II)
I've been unloading rosin cakes from my rosin drawers; sent 20 to my out-of-state son and gave 5 to a fellow violinist - still have more than I need.
Fwiw, I alternate Hidersine 6V and Hidersine 3V.
Samuel - as with questions about what the best strings are, questions about which rosin works best on particular strings generally elicit the kinds of posts you see in response to your question: one or two votes for a variety of different rosins. I am not an expert, nor do I use Passiones at this point, but I suspect the answer is more complicated than just which strings you have on your instrument. You will probably need to experiment a bit, or you can ask your luthier for a recommendation. The good news is that experimenting with rosins costs less than experimenting with strings. Also, unless you are a professional, it may not matter the much. Good luck!
I've got some fantastic bespoke gluten-free small-batch organic artisan-made rosin that cost me $120 for a tiny cake and it's really great. Just a few swipes and I sound like Heifetz. Forgot what it's called though. They were selling it at a little fruit stand outside the Beef Jerky Outlet Store in West Virginia when we passed through. Oh, now I remember. It's called Mr. Mojo Rosin. (Their slogan is "Keep on Rosin.") Supply is extremely small because it's a sustainable operation sourced in Iceland.
Thank you for all replies! I ordered Leatherwood Supple yesterday and I hope it eill be good for me :)
Paul, now I've got the Doors playing on repeat in my head, maybe I'll quote LA Woman the next time I play La Folia.
Samuel, when I first switched to Passiones I didn't know what rosin would work best either, especially since they are a wound gut. I tried my Salchow medium dark, Andrea Solo and Bernadel first, and while I liked the Salchow best, I read that Pirastro recommended Oliv Evah for the Passiones, so I ordered a cake and have been pleased with it. It seems to work well for me and my set up with a nice draw, overtones I hadn't noticed before, good projection and just the right bite.
Of the Pirastro rosins, Evah Pirazzi Gold rosin works great with Passione or Passione solo.
As to the Leatherwood violin rosins and Passione strings, I see there is also a Baroque version for gut strings. Does anyone here using Passiones have any experience with the Baroque rosin? Since Passiones are wound does that negate the attributes of a gut formulated rosin, or is there any real difference?
JI, I once had the idea to market a brand of rosin called "Mr. Mojo Rosin" and my slogan was going to be "Got to keep-on rosin!" but I was worried about getting sued.
Paul, That's catchy even without knowing the reference.
Passiones grip like a synthetic. Leatherwood non-baroque works well with them.