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Rosin [Nov. 28th, 2012|04:21 pm]
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[starrynight]
There are so many different types of rosin out there. My violin setup came with green rosin but it broke into tiny fragments somehow, and I doubt it was of good quality, though it did the job. I ended up going with Thomastik-Infeld Dominant rosin, since I have Dominant strings. I'm probably taking a stab in the dark here, but I figure anything is better than what my violin came with.

So ladies and gents, how do you personally choose which rosin to use?

Also, I'd like to upgrade my bow in the near future. The hairs on mine fall out a lot because it's cheap (again, it came with the violin), but I have absolutely no idea what to get. I don't have a teacher to guide me, as the music studio by me got flooded from the hurricane, and the place hasn't re-opened yet. I didn't get a chance to sign up for lessons. I'm willing to spend about $50 on a bow.
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[User Picture]From: harrietbrown
2012-11-29 05:40 am (UTC)
I could be wrong, but French bows are usually considered the best, but they might be too expensive. However, if you're thinking of making a commitment to playing, it might be worth it to invest in a higher-quality bow. I'm sure some of the other community members will have good recommendations.
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[User Picture]From: starrynight
2012-11-29 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input. I can always save for a while and get a very high quality bow. It's not like I need it right this second. I've been looking into carbon fiber bows.
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[User Picture]From: starrynight
2012-11-30 07:40 pm (UTC)
I found a carbon fiber bow in my price range ($54), so I may give that a try. Do you find that it's different from a brazilwood bow?
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[User Picture]From: starrynight
2012-11-30 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input. It's certainly something to think about.
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[User Picture]From: evil_winky
2012-12-02 02:41 pm (UTC)
For your price range, carbon-fiber is really the best option. I say this because you do NOT want a wood bow that is only $50. Period. My bow cost $500 and it's Brazilian wood. Wood bows get expensive because the wood comes from rather exotic (and protected) places. Carbon fiber is a great option if you are looking to be economical and environmentally friendly. You'll notice a difference in the sound, but nothing too earth shattering, especially if you are just starting, which it sounds like you are. I think any carbon-fiber you get will be better than what you appear to have now, but take note of a couple of things.

1.) Your bow hair may have been falling out because you were tightening it too much. The hair should NOT be parallel with the wood. Ever. There needs to be generous give but nothing that's floppy or easily caught on anything. My teacher always told me to tighten only to retain the slight bend in the wood and to test the tension by lightly bouncing the bow on my wrist. It shouldn't be a rocket--just a light bounce.

2.) You have to untighten the bow when you put it back in the case. The hair is too fragile to with stand 24/7 tension like that. So, when you put it away, make sure that the bow hair is loose. Not all floppy and stringy, but just loose enough that there is greater natural bend in the bow. Happy bows are stored loosely.

3.) The actually WOOD of your bow could be fine. I'm assuming you bought a used instrument (always the best!) but perhaps the bow hair had not been replaced (or done so very well.) I would find that odd for a seller to not rehair the bow, especially if it's a legit luthier or seller, but that COULD be a problem as well.

I hope that helped! I prefer wood myself. If you're willing to shell out $75-$100, you can get a decent starter bow that is wood. I've found with my students that bow upkeep is the biggest problem, so just be aware!

-Liz, 4 years teaching experience, 15 years playing (and counting!)
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[User Picture]From: starrynight
2012-12-02 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I could shell out $75-$100 if need be. And I'll remember to loosen the hairs when I'm done playing.
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