Thanks for all your comments. I really need to look up how to re-string a violin, before I decide to purchase strings. Y'know that whole "don't take it apart until you can put it back together" thing. Any tips for re-stringing?
But first, rosin.
I kind of forgot that my student violin case has that little cubby where I used to keep the rosin. I found that today, and looked inside. Aside from a ton of shattered rosin debris, I found what was left of that green-wrapped rosin. The label on the wrapper says, "W.E. Hill & Sons."
It was their "dark" rosin, which even though Wikipedia says the company went under in 1992, places are still selling their rosin! If I remember rightly, the reason I ended up throwing it away was because it just kept shattering and chipping to the point where I had nothing I could really use! So I chucked it, but saved the wrapper, so I could find a replacement.
Seeing that they've folded, and wondering if their rosin maybe isn't worth buying if it shatters that easy, I'm still at a loss to decide which rosin I want to buy and how much I want to spend. There's actually a price tag on this rosin wrapper. It says $4.95. That was back in the 80's. Online, W.E. Hill & Sons Rosin now goes for anywhere between $9.95 and $11-something. Ah, inflation!
Some of the pricier rosins run into the $20 to $25 range. It's an investment, I know. So I want to be sure I make a good one, as a cake will probably last me another 35 years!!!! (unless Aiona, Jr. decides to pursue it)
Of interest, there's an interesting discussion of why W.E. Hill & Sons went out of business at http://www.maestronet.com/forum/inde...owtopic=252921
Michael Darnton, one of their forum members, posted, "There's a joke in the violin business that the first generation of a famous firm is a workman, the second the businessman/expert that builds the father's company into something great, and the third is the generation that flushes it down the drain. That's a bit harsh, but a lot of great firms have followed that general tradition, since without a great expert with a burning violin obsession you don't have a great firm, and that doesn't come along every day."
I thought that was kind of insightful.
And then, someone mentioned that Andrew Hill still operates under W.E. Hill & Sons. And GlennYorkPA says, "If he owns the intellectual property of the WE Hill brand, he needn't ever make a musical instrument again. I can see the T shirts, violin-themed restaurants and fragrances already!"
I thought that was funny. Violin makers marketing fragrances! I wish!
Would there be a bass rosin-smelling one, y'think?