New Cecilia rosin?
So Tartini/Andrea is now named Cecilia, and they have a new variety. Anyone tried it, and compared with the Solo or Piacere?
I'm so sorry they renamed their rosin because the brand name "Cecilia" is one used on a particularly horrible line of Chinese imported instruments. When I saw the title I thought the post was a bad joke.
That makes Purcell, Simon & Garfunkel a bad joke, too - something has to be done. Roberts B to the rescue?
The CECILIA SIGNATURE rosins for violin and viola are particularly good - as good as the publicity states.
How does it compare to the Solo?
I first started using the "Cecilia" rosins way back when they were "Tartini" and continued through "Andrea." They were my preferred rosins for some years following LIEBENZELLER and before my flirtation with MAGIC that was followed by settling on LEATHERWOOD. I think theere is no comparison to Tartini/Andrea/Cecilia SOLO. SO - even though I have been a regular user of LEATHERWOOD rosins on violin, viola and cello for several years my first impressions of CECILIA SIGNATURE rosins are that they are the best rosins for me that I have ever used.
Yea, annoying they changed the perfectly good name of Andrea to Cecilia.
What I have done to resurrect broken rosin cakes is to simply shape aluminum foil to an appropriate size cylindrical cake-shape mold. Heat the rosin pieces in this mold in a toaster oven to just under 200°F and remove it from heating just as it all appears to have melted. It makes a nice looking cake.
I might try that if the silicone technique doesn't work.
"I think you want to heat it to the lowest possible temperature for the shortest possible time to minimize vaporization of (possibly) important constituents."
I am very cautious and somewhat afraid of working with chemicals such as paint and lacquer thinner and turpentine and also wonder how safe it is to heat up broken rosin in the kitchen to reform it to be reusable again. I have read of a few people making their own violin varnish on the stove creating a disastrous result. I am a thrifty man but think it might be safer to just go buy a new cake of rosin. I haven't bought any new rosin in two years but it seems that a fresh cake seems better than old stuff, particularly with the Bakers rosin.
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