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  1. Thanks for the insight! I'm going to do some serious "research" about application to see what I can learn. There is definitely a tonality difference between the brands that I can observe right away from just pulling the bow on the strings but I can do some experimenting to see what I can come up with.... Time to make more use of my back-up bow!
  2. I've played with moving my soundpost and bridge around a bit, trying to get the best sound out of my instrument. Generally speaking, I found that position of both in relation to one another (foot of the bridge and top of the soundpost) matters a great deal. And for my german trade del gesu copy, it actually sounded best having the bottom end of the sound post a few millimeters to the left of where it should stand. Your ear should be the judge for your instrument, methinks.
  3. Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have been so negative about the other brands. They just didn't gel so well with my expectations.... Andrea Solo was too rough sounding and left too much dust for me. I also was a bit confused about why it left a reddish tinge on my bow hair (all my previous experience was with simple white residue). L'Opera gave me a gentler sound that I liked but it was much slicker. I was actually mixing the two and getting kinda close to what I wanted.
  4. I finally got the chance to test out this new Deja Rosin for myself and quite frankly I'm astonished how well it works. I don't think I can write as well-researched a review as Victor's, but I'd like to throw my two cents in, just the same. Until a month or two ago, I never even thought that a rosin could make such a huge difference in playing. I have played violin on and off for a couple of years and my experience can probably be classed as being an intermediate player. When I noticed that my "no-name" Brand, music store bought, rosin was running out, I thought it would be a good time to start experimenting with buying a rosin or two. However, now that I've tried this rosin, I think I can safely say it blows everything else I've tried to this point, clean out of the water! P.S. Thanks again Victor for giving me enough confidence to try buying one. Now that initial impressions are out of the way, I'd like to describe what I personally find good about this rosin. First of all, when playing, there are alot of overtones... honestly my cheap german workshop violin sounds better than it ever has. Furthermore, I feel like I can interpret my music more because the sound has become so nice and forgiving (while not losing any power). I invariably want to try new things with my instrument now that I play with this rosin. I also quite like the packaging and even the cloth it comes with. Easy to access and very satisfying screwing the top on and off. Funny that after years of lessons, it just took some good rosin to make me want to practice more! I whole-heartedly recommend it above the Andrea Solo/Tartini and Jade L'Opera that I tried before this one. I'm putting those two in a drawer as spares simply because I don't think I can return them at this point
  5. Wow that's great to hear. Will be probably buying one to try out. Thanks for the insight!
  6. That's extremely interesting! I never thought about scoring rosin. My teacher once commented about having tried smashing up some chips of rosin in a mortar and pestle to get a really good first application. But he thought the result to be too gritty.
  7. For the record, I second what violinnewb said: Also thanks a bunch for giving such an in-depth testing of the rosin. I think that I have a much better idea of what it is now that you've described it.
  8. Thanks! Will be on stand-by.... I haven't bought much from Etsy before. I like the presentation on the page, though, and the claims seem enticing enough to give it a try.
  9. Has anyone ever tried the small-batch Deja "Soloist" Rosin? What were your thoughts?
  10. Has anyone ever tried the small-batch Deja "Soloist" Rosin? What were your thoughts?
  11. Yeah, I know...good point. I still think the violin itself is thinner than usual, though. I've compared pictures of strads to get an idea of how much. More interested in this particular unique shape though. Honestly, just curious about how this one would sound based on such a form factor. I'm always interested when I see major deviations like this, usually only to find the sound is generally less pleasing than a standard shaped violin, for good reason... In any case if anyone has a guess as to a model it was based off, I'd be very happy to hear it!
  12. I generally like Vuillaume a paris copies of violins. Tried some in the past, often without many bad things to say about them. I was looking to buy one and I came across this violin. It has vuillaume a paris stamped on the back and a label, very potentially fake. But I am entirely confused about what kind of physical proportions this violin has. I've seen a lot of violins but NEVER like this one. Does anyone have any clue? I think it must be too thin/weirdly shaped to be a strad copy. Honestly, I think it's kinda hypnotic. Lol
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