Which of these rosin is best for hot climates?
Hi, so I live in the Philippines where there are very few sellers for strings accessories and I really need new rosin right now. I was eyeing Gustave Bernardel but all shops say they’re out of stock and it might take a long time for them to restock because of the virus.
These are what they have now:
D’Addario Light and Dark
Peter Infeld Rosin
Are any of these worth considering or a good substitute to the Bernardel? It is also my understanding that I should opt for lighter rosins since I am in a very hot and humid country.
Guillaume is a little on the soft and grainy side. Can be lovely, but perhaps not your first choice right now if humidity is the main driver.
I have found Peter Infeld rosin to be superior to my ears. When I gave a cake to a friend who was unhappy with her violin's sound she was overjoyed by the result.
I found a reseller that sells the Bernardel for the same price as the Guillaume. Should I still consider that or just go for the Guillaume? The prices for these aren’t that far off from the Pirastro choices.
Bernardel is really good, all purpose, but the Guillaume is excellent. One can-and should-sound good with most any choice, but experienced rosin users know the difference is obvious under the ear, as well as how playability feels. So it ultimately can affect how confident you feel, even if the audience cannot tell super sensitive vs Guillaume rosin.
The Bernardel is gonna be the best for your climate. I'm a huge fan of the Guillaume, but with super high heat and humidity Bernardel is gonna be perfect. Learn more here: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/09/25/all-things-rosin/
Who would have guessed there would be a global shortage of Bernardel Violin Rosin? I should have been buying that instead of filling my laundry room shelves with rice and toilet paper.
I also see more dust with the Bernardel Rosin, so I don't recommend it for young students. I like the Melos a little better, but it is not cheap. From recommendations on this forum I tried the Guillaume, but it is not any different or better for me. For the heat and humidity, you might even try the cheap Hidersine. I read somewhere that Heifetz used it.
I see so a lot of people love Guillaume, but Bernardel would be better for me due to my climate. I would ask what would happen if I use a rosin not fit for hot climates (like Guillaume) in hot climates?
The best predictor of how different rosins compare at high temperatures is to compare their relative “melt points” which in the case of amorphous materials like this is called the “Glass Transition Temperature” (Tg). The Tg is the temperature at which the material changes from glassy to fluid.
Thank you for the responses so far! They have been very informative. So the resellers apparently don’t have any Bernardel as well. So its just Goldflex vs. Guillaume right now. How bad will it be if I use Guillaume in our climate? Does anybody know what tone Goldflex produces and how much dust?
For what it's worth, Pirastro Schwarz, in spite of being black, is actually Pirastro's hardest rosin. If you're wanting a hard rosin for your heat and humidity, that one would probably be the hardest of the ones you listed.
And to complicate things, I just tried Guillaume again. Admittedly, not a very hot summer day, and RH more like 50% than 90%. But it is nice stuff. Depending on your other gear, it might be just the thing.
I use the Guillaume and haven't had any problems with it. I think the grainy sound at least in my experience since every violin/bow is different came from trying to use too much rosin. I found that with the Guillaume less is often more. I also live in Texas which has a hot and humid climate as well, but you may have a different experience since you are in the Philippines.
I think Guillaume is just the perfect rosin. It works in every season.
Thank you, Tom Q., for that list. jq