rosins

Several trays of rosin arranged in their boxes and trays on a white background.

A selection of the rosins we offer.

What is rosin?

Rosin is essentially distilled resin (usually from conifer trees), and is used to increase friction between the bow and the strings. Sometimes additional substances such as gold, beeswax, or other material are added to the rosin to modify tone and grip. Lighter rosin is usually preferred for violins and violas, and in high-humidity climates, while darker rosins are preferred for cellos, and for players in cool, dry areas. We know that your rosin is as important as your strings in producing your signature sound. As we work on growing our selection of rosins, we welcome suggestions. What’s your favorite type? Tell us here.

Right now, we keep in stock:

Supersensitive

A good student rosin, affordable and sturdy, with decent grip. Comes in a mini tray for small hands.

Sherman

A classic and favorite amongst teachers, outdoing some of the more expensive rosins on the market. Wooden tray.

Pirastro (Obligato and Goldflex)

An excellent step-up rosin, great for soloists and ensemble players alike. Obligato is designed for medium to low tension strings, and has a mellow, well-rounded sound. Goldflex is designed for soloists, and those who like a bit of glamour. The gold flecks allow for a smoother grip on the strings, making it ideal for quick players.

Pops

The standard bass rosin, Pops has been used for years on beginner and professional basses alike. It is a very sticky and soft rosin, and good for humid weather, but do keep it in its container as it has a tendency to flow freely.