@fiddlewood what would be the difference between original and smooth? I’m guessing original is a rough textured? Seems to me that would help it grip better. 🤔
I’ll probably dive in and purchase a cake; although I’ve seen 2 for 50, making them $25 each. Still thinking…
Lisa, to the best of my understanding the original is in between Smooth and Dark for the amount of "grip" it has.
I have only tried the original.
Some folks have shared that they change to the "dark" during Winter when humidity is scarce.
That's about all I can tell you other than I like it better than what I've tried in the past...seems to stay on the bow longer, produce a better sound (for me), and produce less dust on the fiddle.
Less dust is good! Sounds like “original” is the best of both worlds. Thank you!
Well, for better or worse, I just ordered the 2 for $50 rosin. One original and one smooth. Should be here Wednesday. Looking forward to trying it out!
Thanks Dave... I'll read some reviews but will probably go with the original
I'll take a look at both!
John, that's probably the best idea.
Most of the pros I know of that use it seem to opt for Smooth.
So both rosins came in. I’ve not had a chance to really think on it yet. Had a practice jam session last night. Couldn’t tell the difference. Maybe too tired. Will keep you posted!
Looks yummy, @lisab . Is it flecked? I've never tried one.
None of mine are flecked.
I think it might just be the light brightness & angle on "fuzzies" from the cloth.
If so, I'd just wipe it off before using.
@John (BGD) and @fiddlewood that is correct; no flecks; just fuzzies from the cloth. I did wipe before I applied it. I used the smooth. A piece crumbled off the edge when I applied it at first, but just a bit. I hope to play this afternoon after work and will think on it then. 🤞🏻
So it’s been a bit, and I’ve been able to play consistently with the original rosin. Using it, it feels like my bow is sliding through soften butter. I LOVE the grip it has. It makes me sound lots better!
However, there seems to be an awful lot of dust flying from it. I was playing a break on “House of Gold” at a jam last week, had just rosined the bow before leaving the house…there was a LOT of dust flying from the strings! Looked like the fiddle was smoking! 😳. I just held my breath so I wouldn’t cough and finished the break.
so now what?! 😩
@lisab I believe there is a link here on cleaning your bow now and then. Some folks prefer to "smoke" the bow. I think it plays smoother to wipe my strings EVERY time I finish playing and a little cleaning of bow now and then. I just use a rag that has some grit to the material (like a dish rag) and wipe top & bottom together with minimal pressure.Hope that helps
Could you be over-applying the rosin?
What type of hair is on your bow? In my experience, synthetic hair has a tendency to "shed" rosin much quicker...
Myself I pass the bow over the cake twice and it's usually good for 3 days or so...roughly 6 hours or more of playing.
I also wipe my strings when done for the day, but haven't needed to clean the bow in a couple years.
@Nancy Bitter I’ll try the dishrag. I usually wipe it down with one of those micro fiber rags. I need it to “not” smoke. It chokes me up 😂. Breathing is important lol
@fiddlewood im guessing the hair is synthetic? It’s a carbon fiber bow from Fiddlershop. I wipe my strings/fiddle after each playing. I’ve not rosined in about a week, and it’s STILL creating a cloud of smoke every time I play. It SOUNDS good, and I love the string action..just want less dust/smoke.
@lisab I was told by a luthier the micro fiber has no roughness to really wipe sticky rosin. I believe you will be really pleased after you wipe with s dishrag or towel with some grip. Not hard though. My sounded totally different after wiping.
I have an old toothbrush I use when the rosin gets too thick on the bow.
@John (BGD) I thought about purchasing a baby's toothbrush for that. Haven't done so, but might eventually. Still need to try @Nancy Bitter's suggestion about the dish towel...
That is also a good idea!
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