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May 4, 2020 - 1:03:47 PM
169 posts since 4/15/2019

I Just can't make up my mind about which rosin to use. I started out with a black rosin that came with my first really cheap fiddle. I still us it occasionally. It is really dusty. I have a better quality fiddle now and it came with an Australian rosin called Yumba. Its a lighter color. Doesn't seem to last very long. I like something that has a good grip to it. How long will rosin last?

May 4, 2020 - 2:17:10 PM

Fiddler

USA

4103 posts since 6/22/2007

I switched over to Magic Rosin a few years ago. (I had been using Hill Dark.) I really like it. Low dust and good grab. The "cool factor" is that it is crystal clear. I comes in a plastic screw top container. The cost is similar to other good quality rosins. A cake should last several years - if you are kind to it - don't drop it, get it hot, etc.

May 4, 2020 - 4:09:33 PM
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194 posts since 3/1/2020

Hill Dark or Gustave Bernardel. Good rosin will last forever if it’s cared for.

May 4, 2020 - 5:20:26 PM

850 posts since 8/11/2009

I used Hill Dark, until I found Kolstein. I've used Kolstein now for about 8 years. Its similar to Hill Dark, but seems more consistent to me, less change with temperature, humidity etc.

May 4, 2020 - 5:48:34 PM

65 posts since 1/19/2018

Hill dark year round

May 4, 2020 - 10:36:22 PM

1655 posts since 12/11/2008

I like my Pirastro Obligato. Packed in a way that is easy to use and apply. I've never had tone or squealing problems whether I'm using steel strings or synthetic ones. How many years do I have on my cake? Three? Five? I've lost track and I have a sense it'll last several more. Still in one piece. It has yet to give me a gram of trouble.

May 5, 2020 - 3:25:11 AM

kjb

USA

712 posts since 6/8/2013

I can't remember, what its called I use two different types one dark and one lighter, its been years since I bought, I think it will outlive me for sure.

May 5, 2020 - 6:37:06 AM

2273 posts since 10/1/2008

It has been sooo long since I bought a cake I had to look it up. Pirastro .....

May 5, 2020 - 7:23:13 AM

TimK

USA

1631 posts since 9/12/2007

Hill dark for 40 years.

May 5, 2020 - 11:11:36 AM

226 posts since 9/6/2011

Hill dark, here

May 5, 2020 - 12:03:40 PM

65 posts since 10/19/2007

Been using Yumba lately. No dust and very smooth on the strings. I can really hear a richer tone coming off the strings and no scratchiness .

May 5, 2020 - 12:45:08 PM

DougD

USA

9767 posts since 12/2/2007
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I use Hill dark, Pirastro Oliv, Hidersine, and a few others. I have five violins, and have to have something in each case, generally whatever my luthier liked at the time (had to have him order the Hidersine though).
BTW, Yumba is from Argentina, and quite expensive, FWIW.

May 5, 2020 - 1:28:56 PM

2044 posts since 10/22/2007

Andrea solo

May 5, 2020 - 3:48:53 PM

WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

John,  Based on my extensive, 8 month career with the fiddle, I use either Jade or Super Sensitive mini https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003DJIRXM?tag=duckduckgo-ffab-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

The mini would be a lifetime supply for me.  The Jade?  My great grandson's will be using it.   But, both seem to work pretty well.  Very low dusting.   I use both rosin's on three bows on my two fiddles and use very little of either rosin.  An up and down pass on the hair whenever things don't sound or "feel"  right.   I use quite a bit less rosin than when I started playing the fiddle, that's for sure.

I did try the "kit" rosin that came with the two fiddles and it was quite dusty and didn't last long.   The Jade I have is quite hard and I have to scratch it to get loose rosin but it seems to work just fine. 

I did a lot of archive searches on the Hangout when researching rosin's and there are as many opinions on rosins as there are rosins.   I have an old fiddler friend that swears by Dark Hill and borrowed his for a test drive.  It seemed to work just fine, as well. 

Fiddles, bows, strings, rosin, shoulder and chin rests, etc.  There sure are a lot of "moving parts" to this fiddle playing.smiley

May 5, 2020 - 5:47:09 PM
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1 posts since 5/5/2020

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Originally posted by old cowboy

I Just can't make up my mind about which rosin to use. I started out with a black rosin that came with my first really cheap fiddle. I still us it occasionally. It is really dusty. I have a better quality fiddle now and it came with an Australian rosin called Yumba. Its a lighter color. Doesn't seem to last very long. I like something that has a good grip to it. How long will rosin last?


I use Hidersine. It doesn't leave alot of dust on your fiddle and it pulls a good tone. They have a light and a dark. 

May 5, 2020 - 7:22:06 PM
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182 posts since 6/3/2016

I've predominantly used Hill Dark, but I do use others like Super Sensitive. Rosin is an aspect of fiddling I've never really figured out. I understand subtleties of string differences, bows, instrument construction, etc. The only thing I can tell about a cake of rosin is if it's too hard and there's no grip.

I mentioned this once to a more senior staff member of Southwest Strings. I don't remember the details of his response, but the gist was: don't get too excited about rosin, and if Hill Dark works for you, just continue to use it.

May 5, 2020 - 7:48:39 PM

194 posts since 3/1/2020

There are lots of gimmick-y rosins out there. The Hill formula has been consistently good for decades.

As far as the differences between rosins (aside from the packaging and sales pitch), the level of refinement of the resins and the cooking time can vary the color, consistency, and friability. Some rosins have things added like gold flakes or dyes, but any practical differences in structure are in the cooking.

For playing, light rosins tend to be smoother and a little more flexible, whereas dark rosins are a little more coarse and give a more solid grip.

May 6, 2020 - 5:43:57 AM
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8 posts since 10/4/2018

Anybody use Andrea rosin? Believe it's synthetic, made in France, and dustless.

May 6, 2020 - 9:33:21 AM
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65 posts since 10/19/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

I use Hill dark, Pirastro Oliv, Hidersine, and a few others. I have five violins, and have to have something in each case, generally whatever my luthier liked at the time (had to have him order the Hidersine though).
BTW, Yumba is from Argentina, and quite expensive, FWIW.


My cake of Yumba should last me till I fiddle my last tune or two.  I try to keep rosin in each case so there's all kinds of brands scattered around.  

May 6, 2020 - 2:13:08 PM
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4834 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by PIK

Anybody use Andrea rosin? Believe it's synthetic, made in France, and dustless.


I love Andreas Solo. Don't know about it being synthetic, doesn't seem to be. It is rather dust free, but I only use two or three swipes at a time so there's not much on the bow to begin with. 

Edited by - ChickenMan on 05/06/2020 14:13:32

May 6, 2020 - 4:58:06 PM
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RobBob

USA

2700 posts since 6/26/2007

Whatever is in the case. It can't hurt my fiddling.

May 6, 2020 - 7:59:29 PM

1655 posts since 12/11/2008

Once upon a time (or is that tune?), my Hill Dark broke into several pieces. I kept the two largest pieces and keep them in the cases of my second and third fiddles. They work fine.

May 7, 2020 - 3:30:29 AM

4834 posts since 9/26/2008

I still have pieces of a Hill Dark floating around in a couple of cases too, from waaay back. You never know when you'll be without.

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