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Alan Barnicoat
Every once in awhile I hear mention of Andrea Solo Violin rosin so I'm thinking of trying it. But, I'm guessing that the rosin currently on my bow should be removed before applying the Andrea brand. Does anyone have experience with the Andrea brand and also in removing rosing from the bow hair?

Alan Barnicoat
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Posted: June 28, 2019
Last Comment: June 29, 2019
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Alan Barnicoat
Posted: June 29, 2019
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences on this topic. Once again it underscores the many variables which go into just one aspect of producing a good tone.  I think I will go the easy route first and use my trusty "paper towel holder/ straight bowing guide"  - not only will it remove the rosin but also help me brush up on my still crooked bowing! I remember now that Beth did mention rosin removal would be a harmless side effect of training with the paper towel holder.   Also, I didn't know that there are a couple types of the Andrea rosin to choose from.

Elke Meier
Posted: June 29, 2019
What I got to try and liked is the Andrea a Piacere (I am still on the free sample I got with some music order - it seems it lasts forever). But I am not a purist, so I never took all the other rosin off before using another one. At the moment, depending on moisture and wheather, it is Bernadel and the Andrea a Piacere which I use most often. My bow seems to like those best. 

Dianne
Posted: June 29, 2019
I wanted to add, that if I had to play out in a hall I would love the Andrea Solo because it would be my go to rosin for help with projection- it really works! And I think it was designed for just that. It's just that now I use earplugs a lot of the time because of open strings and double stop playing. I can't stand the volume of all this while learning, although the DS are getting more refined and lighter sounding finally. So over volume is a factor now while learning. I have gone through a number of rosins over these past years - cheap one that came with the outfit that really did need that sandpaper each time!, Olive rosin (sticky), Andrea Solo (grippy & loud), Bernadel (nice summer rosin), Salchow (close to Bernadel but seemed to have more colors) and now my favorite-Guillaume. The Guillaume is a bit sticky but not overly projecting. It leaves no dust and seems to adhere all of it to the string. It has a gorgeous smell and that is why I started using the pressed plastic bags to keep it as fresh as I can. Otherwise the rosins do seem to dry out a little, such as the salchow I bought, but they are all in bags now.

I don't like adding rosin on rosin when changing brands unless I'm mixing on purpose, so what I do is what Maria said- clean bow hair with a clean soft cloth. It seems to work well enough. One time I used a paper towel holder for straight bowing, and it took the rosin off the bow almost immediately within minutes.

Maria
Posted: June 29, 2019


Dianne it's the dark green one, it's great for me so far and I like it very much. thanks to Elke for introducing this, I used to use Pirastro gold flex [hope it's right] but I cough too much I don't look forward on practicing.

Dianne
Posted: June 29, 2019
I ended up saying, well it does what it says it will do - solo playing = loud. That's why I don't really like using it anymore. It has good grip, and I sometimes use it as a winter rosin if the other rosins don't grip. One thing I've been doing, is putting rosin - any rosin, no matter the packaging- in its packaging into another pressed seal tight zip lock plastic bag to keep it fresh for a longer period of time. Seems to be working well.

Maria, are you using the Andrea Solo or the Andrea A Piacere? I haven't tried the A Piacere. I think that one is an even softer rosin.

Ted Adachi
Posted: June 28, 2019
Hi Alan,
I've been using Andreas Solo for about a year. When I got it, I thought it was quite grippy and I felt I was getting more sound than with Kaplan dark or Salchow. However, at the time, my bow technique was very bad so how much the tone improved because of the rosin and how much was due to luck is hard to tell!

I think you could just put it over the rosin you have on now and it will mix in. If you really want to clean the bow hair, then easiest is to use hot water and soap. You have to undo the frog and be careful not to get the tip wet.

Wash the hair with soap and pretty hot water to melt the rosin. At first it will cake up and you'll have a sticky, solid mess but then you do it again and again and eventually you can get the old rosin out.

If the hair is really clean, it may not take the new rosin simply by rubbing. Then you need to use sandpaper and make a lot of rosin 'dust'. Cover the hair with the dust. After that, the hair will take the rosin normally.

Now this is a lot of trouble that may not really be necessary. Andreas Solo was different from the other rosins but bearing down (really quite hard) and working on a straight bow helped the most.

Maria
Posted: June 28, 2019

Alan,

I have and been using it since 2017, it's the dark green kind...It was recommended by Elke and I don't cough as much as the regular gold rosin.

It's not too sticky as the Ber___I forgot the name, it's powdery but not so much that makes it perfect...I just cleaned my bow with clean soft cotton cloth and applied the new rosin.