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Light bow... should I use stickier rosin?

25 November 2015 - 12:16 AM

I've got a beautiful, super light Christian Suss violin bow. It's well set up but in general, doesn't seem to draw as much tone as I'd like. I'm using Larsen Red rosin which works very well with another relatively light early Bausch bow I'm using.


Could I improve the Suss bow with a different stickier or grittier rosin? Any suggestions of rosin brands?


Thanks for any suggestions.

Strings to tone down a bright fiddle, without losing power.

18 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

I've got a bright fiddle that Is strung with Larsens. I like the sound and it's good for jam sessions that are very loud. It is however, as I said, quite bright sounding. After reading discussions here and having lots of friends who like Helicores, I recently strung it with heavy helicores and although I enjoyed the less shrill sound, I didn't like the response of the strings which seemed like a lot of work with the bow on this particular violin. I'm sure many violins just sing with Helicores but this one doesn't. It was even worse with Helicore medium guage.


Does anyone have an experienced suggestion of other strings to try for a darker sound without losing power or quick response?


Thanks for any suggestions.

E string suggestions?

12 December 2014 - 12:25 PM

I tried a Lenzer and Gold label and they both sounded thin. I put on a Larsen E (which I think is a little heavier) and it improved quite a lot. Wondering if I can improve it even more. The violin is a good German shop instrument from the '5os. It a little heavy but still powerful and alive with good low end. Any e string suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.