Viola Rosin recommendations?
I am looking for a new brand of viola rosin to try (having never purchased viola rosin I am not sure what to do). Is there much difference between violin and viola rosin?
I currently Rosin my viola bow with Kaplan rosin that I have had for years, but it just isn't what I like.
With my violin, I use Pops bass rosin followed by Evah Pirazzi Gold Rosin, and this combination is a dream for my violin bow. Just doesn't work for my viola bow. (To add, my violin bow is Coruss bow hair/Vegan bow).
I am intrigued to see what other people may have tried for their viola bows?
Any suggestions? Leatherwood is out of the question price wise for the time being.
Thanks in advanced!
I use Bernardel for both violin and viola. Not expensive. Works fine for me, but I have no idea if you would like it.
I currently use L'Opera Jade, and I love it.
I'm a geezer who started over 40 years ago with Hills dark green. Still love it.
I use pirastro oliv evah on both violin and viola. Good for both
Rosin brands that have worked well for me on viola include:
Mary - unfortunately, the question you ask is similar to the question of what are the best strings. As you can see, as with the string question, you are getting and will probably continue to get at least one recommendation for a bunch of well-known rosins. In a word, you will end up where you were before you started. Rosin is a very personal thing for a lot of musicians. However, given your level of playing, it probably does not matter a whole lot what you choose to try. Probably any one of the recommendations is a good place to start.
What Tom said. (Both posts.)
I always end up matching the rosin to the strings I’m using. I’ve got a drawer full of em and what works for one brand or core or type of string rarely works as well on others.
I personally think that Guillaume is fantastic rosin for all instruments including viola, but the Melos viola rosin is very good as well. I've written an article not too long ago about rosin, you may find it use here: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/09/25/all-things-rosin/
I've changed strings a few times on my violin and viola, and I've never needed to change rosin. Somehow Bernardel works on all of them. And I can save my money for more important things like snack chips.
@Tom H. I know this is a very open ended question, it is purely so I can see what else is out there. My local violin shop stocks a limited amount of brands, so being able to look up favoured brands that have worked for other people is something I like to do.
Timothy - basically there is no difference. The Bernardel rosin I use works on both instruments.
My violist teacher uses Hidersine 6V. I'm not sure there's much of that about in the USA, so it may be new to you. I use it too, on my violin, but I like Hills a lot as well and it lasts a long time.
I love the Andrea it is expensive but it does a spectacular job its just about the smoothest thing on the market.
Probably the main thing is not to spend too much on the rosin. There are plenty of good choices that don't cost a fortune and will work well for most people. Remember that there is no choice of rosin that will make most of us sound like Oistrakh on either his violin or his viola.
Tom wrote "Probably the main thing is not to spend too much on the rosin."
My teacher thinks she's on her third cake of rosin in 30 years of professional playing, so we can afford Leatherwood if we really want to.
I'm on my second cake of rosin in the 13 years I've had my current viola, and I only bought it last October. (Before my current viola, I had a viola on loan, and used the Hill Dark rosin that was already in the case.) And I had to buy the second cake not because I ran out of rosin but because I dropped my rosin on a concrete floor.
AndrewH, as you know, there's another forum where absolute beginners are worried that they need an exact match of string and rosin and bow, and that they need all 4 strings to be from different sets, and the E string has to wound with a unicorn's nasal hair. I'm tempted to be rude, but it's nice to have a forum where no-one is rude, so I'm keeping out of it. I refuse to blame anything but myself before I have been playing for a few more years. My fiddle is more comfortable in 7th position than I am, so I'm not going to upgrade it yet! My Leatherwood comment was probably better suited to the other forum.
Paul - your point is well-taken in the sense you make it. What I was trying to say was that you can get a good rosin to try without going to high cost ones, so try one of the decent ones that are not the most expensive.
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