As a primarily classically trained singer trained by one of the most celebrated voice pedagogues in the entire western hemisphere, I am hyper sensitive to tone, not just with brightness or darkness, but background noise, holes in the resonance, and detail in the sound that is indicative of the sound production. Since beginning learning violin just over 9 months ago, I've had a real chip on my shoulder to devise the absolute cleanest, detailed sound possible with what I have to work with.
Rosin is something that has proven even more harebrained than string choice. Different popular string lines are highly innovative and have a huge following that can be heard by countless artists. Rosin is an all-too-different affair. What goes into different rosins is a complete and total mystery, and major brands very often neglect devising a truly excellent mixture. Not only that, I have become hyper-sensitive to rosin action on the thicker G string and just received a cake of Kolstein Ultra bass rosin that, when rubbed directly onto the G and D strings, provides the extra grip necessary to secure the lower strings.
But violin bow rosin… A popular IG artist violinist recently posted about a gold rosin produced by a small workshop in Germany called Laubach Violins, and after reading about it, I decided I had to try some. Had to. This rosin includes authentic .999 gold in the mixture, unlike many popular “gold” rosins that were lab-tested to include virtually no gold at all. I also needed a second set of strings on deck to replace my Il Cannone strings when they wear out in a few months, so I got a set of Evah Pirazzi medium strings from them as well that was priced at a discount bundled with the rosin. All of their string orders also currently come with a spare E!
Laubach, however, went above and beyond and included their cleaners, a magnetic pencil, a polishing cloth, and Mozart chocolates as a thank you for sharing my choice with all of you! It almost brought me to tears. As an American bearing witness to a daily war on the poor, war on the youth, and xenophobic war on outsiders, this type of generosity is a gem. Thank you Laubach Violins, and God bless you! - 4 months ago