Different rosin in winter?
I've been reading conflicting thoughts here and elsewhere on whether a darker rosin is better for the dryer winter conditions. I currently use Melos light - which I like a lot - and am considering Melos dark for the winter IF it really makes a difference. I know rosin can differ even from the same company as it is a natural product.
Curious to read experiences here - most of what I've read here dated years in the past. Sadly I can't seem to sort search responses by date (that would be awesome).
Try not to mix rosins on your current hair, some don't work well with each other, even after you've removed the old rosin. Depending on your location, you may need a different rosin for summer vs. winter. Many people don't. In Michigan, it makes sense. Melos is great, switch to the dark rosin for winter, I'm sure that Melos will actually work fine on the same hair. The light can be a little dusty for Michigan winters.
Catherine, if I were you I would ask the luthier from whom you obtained your new violin.
I use Guillaume year-round and can't be bothered to try mixing and matching. I don't notice any issues.
Anthony has given a great answer -- I would only add that it actually comes down to personal experience. Rosin not being super expensive, you should follow Anthony's advice and get the Melos dark. Then on some days use the dark and on others continue to use the light and see what results you get. You may need to switch to only the dark for the winter, you may find a mixture works great, or you may find that you don't notice a difference and can use either one equally well.
Thanks for the comments, and I will try the Melos Dark as we slide from fall to winter. Thankfully that's still a few months away - or several levels in this apparent game of Jumanji we're all playing that is masquerading as 2020.
I agree with Anthony and David, although, if your practice room doesn't suffer wild changes in climate, I suspect there's no need: but it is not impossible that you will prefer Melos Dark and come to use it all year round instead of the Light. (so I don't disagree with Cotton either)
Gordon, there is that as well :)
To add to the mess; I suspect that the optimum grade of rosin will be different for the E- and G - string.
I don't change rosin because of heat/cold- I change because of humidity. I'm in the South and the summer is really really humid, even in an air conditioned house. And the winters get pretty dry. The dustier rosins(e.g. Jade) tend not to do well for me in winter. When I lived in Florida, switching rosins was a necessity. I'm further north now and it's not as bad as it used to be.
My apartment gets VERY dry in the winter - even with a humidifier in my practice room. My lutheir as also recommended an in-case humidifier as well for my antique violin.
Boveda! And a vapor-sealed Musafia case.
From what I can tell, the Boveda would actually touch my scroll, I dont like that. My Bobelock case is a very good one, and it came with a humistadt(?)
It may depend also on the particular hair being used by the rehairer. Christos (spelled with an eta - the word means "useful", not "anointed" ("Christ"), and the Roman historian Suetonius thought that it was over someone spelled with an eta that the Jews in Rome were creating the disturbance that led to Claudius expelling them from Rome) sent my named shop free samples, and his light rosin didn't work with my bows. I eventually bought dark from the music shop. In the past, when I had bows rehaired by Arthur Grove, most rosins worked with them.
The idea that some rosins "don't work well together" or are somehow incompatible just doesn't ring true to me. I've heard people say their rosin cake is going to be irretrievably contaminated if they lend it to someone who regularly uses another brand, and that's just crapola.
Sounds like the voice of experience Paul. I pondered this idea when I had to reheat/mold my Melos Light this spring after breaking it. I'm curious to see what the Melos Dark is like - I've noted my JP bow likes the Melos Light rather more than my Codabow does.