Leatherwood Rosin for Violin / Treble Viol

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SKU:
LW1
$67.00
Width:
1.00 (in)
Height:
1.00 (in)
Depth:
4.00 (in)
Shipping:
Calculated at Checkout

Description

The Leatherwood rosins are discussed in terms of five criteria that are important for players:

  • Grip - The strength of "stickiness" at the beginning of the note
  • Traction - The power of the "stickiness" for sustained bowing
  • Lyrical Quality - How well the rosin performs for singing quality, particularly in higher registers.
  • Powder Content - How much powder resin is included
  • Pliability - How soft and malleable the rosin is in your hand

The formulations range from Hard/Crisp - 20% to Soft/Sticky - 60%. The best range for gut strings is in the 40% to 50% range, and to give players the best experience, we include two formulations in each package; one 40% cake and one 50% cake. Using the above criteria, these two formulations are different in the following ways:

  • Grip - The 50% formula has slightly better grip than the 40%, which is somewhat harder.
  • Traction - The 40% formula has slightly better traction than the 50%.
  • Lyrical Quality - The 40% formula has a slightly better lyrical quality than the 50%.
  • Powder Content - The 40% and 50% have about the same powder content.
  • Pliability - The 50% formula has more pliability than the 40% formula.

You can achieve the perfect bowing properties by mixing the two formulas on your bow.

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 New South Wales. 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 their 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 Leatherwood Rosin cake is 3 1/2" (9cm) long and 5/8" (15mm) wide and will provide great tone for a very long time.

Width:
1.00 (in)
Height:
1.00 (in)
Depth:
4.00 (in)

3 Reviews

  • Posted by Jack Dillon on Jan 17th 2021

    4

    Leatherwood rosin

    A very nice rosin that works well with gut wound and unwound violin strings

  • Posted by Evan Few on Nov 25th 2020

    2

    attractive waste of money

    My impression at trying this rosin for the very first time was that the sound was great and I was initially very pleased. But after playing with it for several days now, in my experience this rosin sticks more to the strings than to the bow hair. I feel an uncanny sense of disconnection between the hair and the string, even after cleaning my bow hair and applying a healthy dose of rosin. It's a lovely object, but it is not good rosin.

  • Posted by David Wilson on Aug 27th 2020

    4

    Leatherwood rosin for violin/treble viol

    I've resisted the pricey, trendy boutique rosins which have made the rounds in recent years. But with my rosin down to a wafer, and with Gamut selling a rosin billed as being made specifically for gut strings, I thought I'd give the Leatherwood a try. Although I've only used it for three practice sessions so far, my impressions are quite positive. The Leatherwood is more "grabby" than the Artcraft I've used for years. This is good in that the sound under my ear is very clear and direct, but I do notice that I have to give more attention to keeping the bow moving, as it's possible to "stall out" when tapering the end of a bow-stroke. I notice there's a lot more rosin dust on the bow and on the top of the instrument when I'm done; of course it's easily wiped off. I start to feel like I need more rosin after about an hour and a half of playing, which is an hour less than with my old rosin but far better than the 15 minutes I've experienced with other trendy rosins in the past. The product certainly is appealing in its wooden frame and soft leather wrap, and the long skinny format is well thought out as it makes for an efficient process of rosining. Gamut was very thoughtful to enclose with my order a special cloth to remove rosin from bow hair, so I could make close to a clean start with the Leatherwood. I want to live with the rosin longer before rendering a final verdict, but my feeling is that I'm going to like it a lot in the long run.