I currently use Dominant strings and I know Evah Pirazzi will offer more response, but I'm not fond of spending so much money when I'm only an amateur. Plus, I've also heard that Evah Pirazzi's don't last very long - that they become dull very quickly.
Would the Cecilia "Solo" rosin be any better or are there other rosin recommendations that someone can provide me which can improve the overall response of the bow and violin?
Also, are there other methods of improving response time on a violin? I've read that lighter gauge strings will help at the cost of power/projection. What about soundpost adjustment?Tweet
Where i live, humidity goes tipically 30%~40% in winter and 50%~70% in summer.
I have simply experienced that in winter i need to use the Solo and in summer the Signature (or Bernardel).
Other than that, i never think in terms of "response time". I only think "right grabbing".
Does anyone know what adjustments to make to a soundpost would help with faster response? Also, what are the compromises of doing so?
Lastly, wouldn't bow grip on the strings affect the violin's response speed? That was why I was asking about rosin.
Marco, shouldn't harder rosin be used during the summer and softer rosin be used during the winter? I would assume Cecilia's Signature is softer than the Solo.
For me, Cecilia (Andrea) Solo never worked in summer.
And now i'm seeing that the Signature does not work (as i like) in winter.
Depending on your violin, higher tensions strings could give even slower response and require more pressure.
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I don't think of the bow hair/rosin/string interaction in terms of the speed of response but instead as the relationship of the static and slip friction of the interaction. High friction in the static phase gets the string motion started in one direction and low slipping friction allows it to release and reverse direction more freely.
My favorite rosins are the Leatherwoods for my violins, violas and cellos. I used many others before and even quite a few since, but I always end up rosining with Leatherwood before leaving home for a rehearsal. I usually swipe once on Crisp and then once or twice on Supple. These never leave home with me. If I need a touch up away from home I will probably use the Cecilia Signature formula violin cake I carry.
I have not found the viola Leatherwood to be right for my violin. However in a string quartet "experiment" once, years ago, I found that the 'MAGIC" rosins seemed to work well for all 4 players; the effect being something everyone could hear on all 4 instruments.