So, yeah... I did end up spending $35 on rosin. Still kicking myself over it, but this stuff is certainly the best rosin I've ever used. Smooth, grippy, articulate...
I think the actual price of $15 US is very fair for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your rosin is excellent, but I must, sadly, ship all of my violin stuff over the border, which doubled the price.
Anyways. If you want a one-time, be-all-end-all purchase, try the Guillaume rosin. It's basically the perfect violin rosin.
I've been saying that for years! Here's an article I did on rosin: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/09/25/all-things-rosin/
I liked it with Thomastik Dominants on violin and Viola Spirocore/Larsen
I have four different brands of string on my violin. Any advice for how to apply the four different kinds of rosin I'll need to match them all? I can't seem to figure it out.
You need a milligram scale so you can powderize them and then measure them out into an ideal mix in descending proportions based on the golden ratio (since the e string is the thinnest, it, of course, requires the least of its rosin). Then you can simply melt it back into a cake!
how is this compare to hills rosin, i don't think my pirastro rosin is giving me the grip i want, so i'm looking for alt.
If you have the money and your current rosin really isn't satisfying your needs, go for it. I do not think a better rosin exists.
Cotton, you got the tin box one (don't know if there are any other mixes)?
There is only one variety and it comes in a tin. The wooden box was discontinued, sadly.
I assume it's a metal box, and not really made of tin. Too bad, because a genuine tin box for one's rosin is really the best when using a pernambuco bow. With a CF bow your rosin can come in a wooden or pot-metal box.
I think I feel a genuine aura of stannum when I play with this rosin. However, you're welcome to buy one and test it yourself.
My bow maker recommended this rosin when I met him last time... I opted for Andrea A Piacere instead and am a very happy camper. It works equally well with my baroque and viola bows.
OK guys! You've convinced me to get my old cake (round wood box) out of the "OLD ROSINS DRAWER." I'll try it later
How about an all nite rosin tasting party at my house. I have 7 cakes and you are welcome to bring some of your own to share.
My favorite rosin, though what works for me may not work for all. Beautiful tone and grip, powerful, very low dust, and supposedly not prone to aggravate allergies (I am not allergic to rosin myself, however.) While I have two old cakes of the classic Bernardel and Andrea Solo, I love the Guillaume so much, it's the only one I use regardless the seasons. I have grown accustomed to its feel and sound, though there are other good rosins out there.
Guillaume rosin is truly a great all-around in all seasons, I have one in tin and the other in wooden box.
Adalberto: Mr. Guillaume's passing? So Pierre Guillaume died recently? Can you really confirm this shocking news?
Maybe just looking into the future? What some investors call "Bob risk."
Apologies for worrying you, Mr. Dubuisson-I meant "after he passes away" more than "now that he is no longer among us". He should be alive, hopefully and as far as I know.
Relieved to learn that I misunderstood!
Great news. I will add this rosin to my selection of 18 different rosins that I have matched to different styles and performance acoustics.
Chris, next level is to go into pine forest and hug as many trees as possible. You will then be completely covered in rosin and quite sticky and smelly. Just remember to stay away from sources of heat!
I tried them all: Guillaume, Baker's, Liebenzeller Gold, Andrea A Piacere, Hill's various concoctions and, for a while Baker's too but Home Depot's 'Loctite 609' beats them all - the grip, the persistence - and absolutely no rosin dust.
Which specific forest should I set fire to for best results? ;)
Guillaume works great on my current Arcus bow. While my wife likes the wooden box, I much prefer the current metal tin. It's smaller, lighter, takes up less space, and actually stays closed!
Elise, I didn't realise you also played the viola.
Well I have tried my Guillaume again and now know why I did not use it after using Liebenzeller for a number of years and I know why I switched from that to Tartini/Andrea and then to Magic and finally to Leatherwood. I have a special place in my uses for the new Deja. But I have looked back and don't need to any more.
In response to Kai Lu, Guillaume is dark amber, Hill's dark is obviously dark. The dark is the only Hill rosin I have. I don't know if they do others. I like Royal Oak a lot, and want to try other Larsen rosins, the red perhaps.
I know that light rosins are supposed to be less grabby than dark rosins, but I have read that this is due to added color, not some intrinsic property of rosin being dark. MAGIC ROSIN products seem to prove this - all their rosins are clear over the whole range of "grabbyness,"
There is a lot of subjectivity and player/bow preference in the matter. I think the Andrea Solo is quite the "grabber", and thus may produce lots of decibels under the ear, but what I feel happens is that it imposes too much of its character in the sound, for better or worse. This can be a good or great thing, but not always.
Hummm, all that discussion makes me want some cake... rosin cake that is of course ;-) This could flare up my RAS (Rosin Acquisition Syndrome).
has anyone tried liebenzeller Gold II comparing to this?
Just ordered Larica (new remake of Liebenzeller) iron for my darker instrument and tin for my brighter one. Currently using Millant Silver and Gold for the darker and Andrea Piacere viola for the brighter one. Looking for that Goldilocks range of tambre. Will share when they get here.