Australian violinist Andrew Baker has created the perfect blends of rosin for all gut strings. His company, LEATHERWOOD BESPOKE ROSIN, provides a wide range of rosin formulations including their “Baroque Range” of rosins for Baroque violin / treble viol, Baroque viola/tenor viol/viola d’ amore, and Baroque cello/bass viol. With these products, gut string players finally have a source of rosins that really work for them.
Specially formulated for gut strings, the gentle but clean attack and smoother traction allows the string to resonate freely with maximum clarity. Baroque rosin makes a bright, clear sound with a feeling that the bow is quicker on the string and makes it easier to play fast with more clarity. The smoother traction allows the string to be played with more intensity without distortion and also reduces the ‘squeak’ often encountered using modern rosins on gut.
Each cake of rosin is poured into an Australian native hardwood case and is wrapped in deer leather from an Australian Venison farm near the Leatherwood workshop in Central NSW. This family-run venison producer has been ethically farming Red Deer on rolling pastures for more than 35 years. They have a strong reputation for sustainable farming in our region, caring for both beast and land. The leather is vegetable tanned, especially for rosin products. These hides are just as soft and beautiful but have natural marks and blemishes that mean each small rosin wrap carries its unique pattern and markings.
The rosin cake is 3 1/2, (9cm) long and 5/8", (15mm) wide and will provide great tone for a very long time.
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I had been struggling with a lesser rosin for my tenor viol and this rosin is a vast improvement. My tone is smoother and the bow simultaneously glides better and has a better grip.