Can you mix rosin?

Yes. It can actually be very beneficial to do this. Rosin types that are mixed should generally only come from one type of resin, e.g. spruce, larch or pine. However, over the course of many years, we have mixed our pine based rosins Peter Infeld® and Vision® with different types of resin, without ever having noticed a negative effect.

The general rule is this: the larger the instrument, the stickier and softer the rosin. For example, violin rosin is harder and somewhat less adhesive, while viola rosin, on the other hand, is softer and sticks to the string more.

 

A couple of tips and tricks:

For all instruments
  • In very dry and / or cool conditions or with poor bow response, it can be helpful to mix stickier rosin to your normally used on.
  • In hot temperatures and high air humidity, we recommend using harder rosin.
  • You should pay special attention if you travel a lot, thus ensuring that you carry various types of rosin.
For violin
  • In very dry and / or cool conditions or with poor bow response, it can be helpful to mix viola and violin rosin, for example Thomastik-Infeld’s Peter Infeld® Violin and Vision® Viola Rosin, which are perfect for all Peter Infeld®, Vision® and Vision Solo® strings. The ratio can be 1 part viola and 1 part violin (e.g. one stroke of viola rosin and one stroke of violin rosin). 
  • If you are looking for an increased bow noise and therefore often a better projection, then we recommend increasing the proportion of viola rosin. 
  • For better bow response and to improve the whistling of E-strings, it can also be helpful to increase the ratio of viola rosin. 
  • In hot temperatures and high air humidity, we recommend using harder (violin) rosin. 
For viola
  • You can mix viola and cello rosin at a ratio of 1:1.
For cello
  • Cello and bass rosin can mixed at the ratio of 1:1.

 

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