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Playing on Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin is like adding another dimension and color to the sound. I have never found a rosin that could do this before now. Depending on the sound you are searching for, each rosin provides a different nuance and color to your sound. My favorite is the supple because it adds thickness, projection and a warm color. I would highly recommend Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin to all of my colleagues and students!
For several years I have been playing with a personally customised rosin recipe from Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin on my bows. This rosin absolutely overwhelmed me: the responsiveness of the contact point, which goes hand in hand with an enormous intensity and sound density, the carrying capacity of the sound and above all the design options are really on a unique level. The fact that problematic contact point zones are easier to control makes it easier for me to implement many colors and ideas on my instrument. A nice bonus is that the rosin hardly produces any dust and it really lasts a long time. I have recommended Leatherwood to many friends and colleagues who are now enthusiastically using Leatherwood as it minimizes many problems and creates new opportunities for them too. I urge everyone to try the different Leatherwood recipes, because with them you can find a partner for your musical life. I found mine in the 65% Crisp / 35% Supple.
We spend hours considering the tiniest of nuances in our performance, yet often don’t consider that all-important layer between bow and string. Leatherwood Rosin has added new and pleasing dimensions to my playing and I highly recommend spending your valuable time discovering this product. I’m converted."
"I love performing with my bespoke rosin blend in all my concerts! It helps my Stradivari sound the best it can be in all types of performances. The rosin is much more important than you think.. I also love that you can create your own blend to find the perfect sound!"
"When each and every performance is a high wire act, I require a rosin that will grip with vigor, articulate crystalline passagework, and project into a cavernous hall. Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin gives me the confidence to forgo utilitarian mechanics and focus on the music-making at hand. Frankly put - Leatherwood is the only rosin I require on tour. Bravo, LBR!"
“I absolutely LOVE it! This rosin offers me the perfect balance of attack and fluidity. My bow just melts into the string but the hair still sizzles with fiery intensity! Leatherwood bespoke rosin helps me achieve the sound I’ve always been searching for!”
“I wanted to express my admiration and complete confidence in the quality of Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. It’s a wonderful hand-made product that I’ve used in chamber, orchestral, and solo settings. I have to say it is very impressive! I am really happy to have found a rosin that is reliable, with minimal dust, and makes legato and spiccato playing most enjoyable.”
“I am impressed with the difference Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin makes. The sound of my Storioni is richer and clearer and the responsiveness of my various bows have been improved noticeably. Well worth the price! Thanks again!”
"Before thinking of buying a new bow, try Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. The impact it has on the sound is just phenomenal!"
“I have recently used the Baroque Violin rosin recipe in rehearsals, concerts and recordings and I am literally ecstatic! It is a soft rosin that is precise and effective in sound response, exactly what I've been looking for a long time!”
“I'm really struck by rosin; having an ideal sound in the mind and trying to reproduce it has always been the greatest mission for musicians. Finally I have found a product that reaches all my desires; the adhesion to the strings is perfect, the sound that I can produce is round and warm, and, at the same time, is clean and bright in the spiccato. Noises of friction and excess of Rosin on the strings are just a bad memory! From now on, there will always be Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin in my case!"
"Since last year, I have been only using the Leartherwood Bespoke Rosin, both Supple and Crisp for my bows. Personally, I think that Supple gives perfect texture between the bow and string without getting sticky on the bow. It has great possibilities to produce different depths of the sound and also helps to produce endless resonance on the strings from the frog to last edge of the tip. Crisp fits perfectly to project a brighter sounds and fast playing, like baroque or classical repertories, for examples for the operas of Mozarts and Beethoven cello sonatas. In my experience, it even works well when I combine the rosins at the same time. Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin also preserves the bow hair much longer than others. Since I have used this rosin, I don’t have to rehair my bows as often. I congratulate Andrew Baker deeply and thank him for the great invention and love to this product and look forward to use it continuously for my cello playing in future."
“For 40 years, I thought rosin was rosin and had brushed it off as being not that important. I was a skeptic like everyone else but I am now a complete convert. Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin has made a huge improvement to my efficiency in producing sound. I am able to effortlessly and reliably execute delicate soft tones while also having the ability to rip into a string and tear the instrument apart. And everything in between. It’s as dramatic a change as purchasing a fine bow. Their bespoke rosin is also the perfect pairing for the thick strings on my experimental bass instruments, granting me 50% more power with 50% less effort. I don’t know what this magic is, but I love it. My new year’s resolution: Never use any other rosin, ever!”
“To create great music you need a fabulous sound. Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin is the only rosin I’ve found which gives an undeniably larger, warmer tone. Try this rosin and feel it revolutionise your playing - it certainly did for me!”
"I am wowed and inspired by Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. It is a masterfully crafted perfect complement to my violin and bow. I love how it actually draws more tone from my violin, with an enhanced warmth, clarity and ring while still delivering an awesome spiccato. Highly recommended!"
“I can highly recommend Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin, the quality is excellent! The baroque recipe for Viola da Gamba is perfect for a full, beautiful sound, for the whole repertoire. My personalised bespoke recipe supports the sound of my instrument so I can express my own sound even better, and feel more comfortable playing in difficult weather conditions. It is also fun to collect different recipe and try them all!"
"As I began performing regularly with the O’Connor Band, we found ourselves in about every performance environment and climate possible. It became obvious that I needed to upgrade my old cake of rosin. I was introduced to the beautiful Leatherwood Bespoke “Crisp” rosin and immediately fell in love with the sound I was able to produce and the reliability that it gave me wherever I played my violin.”
"Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin ultimately connects my body to the Cello. The instrument has to suit the musician perfectly, the bow has to suit both musician and instrument and finally a rosin that fits seamlessly! From bursting wood to flickering lights - all sounds are just exciting!"
"Leatherwood rosin is the perfect choice for my playing, both on historical and modern instruments. The array of bass rosins I use (20%, 30% and 40% recipes and a combination of them) fits me on any instrument, from the modern double bass to viennese bass to the G violone, on gut or steel, in any part of the world and weather conditions. I'm so happy to have discovered such a flexible and reliable product, which makes me so happy I'd be playing all the time; now I just need a bespoke reminder to stop practicing at night before my neighbours call the police!"
"Through hours of practise and rehearsal, we strive to refine our sound to the most specific nuance. With the customised recipes from Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin, we can finally enhance the tonal qualities of our instruments as we desire, in concert halls around the world with differing climates and acoustics! We now have a stronger ability to blend our sounds and allow our music making to flourish to it's greatest potential. Thank you Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin!"
"Leatherwood rosin gives your instrument the voice it deserves! It grips better than any other rosin I’ve tried, leaving you in full control over your instrument so you can project perfectly at any dynamic. If someone had told me that Leatherwood Rosin would make this much of a difference to my playing, I wouldn’t have believed them! Whether you’re tickling or blasting it out, it’s perfect."
"It is simply fantastic to have access to a rosin which is just as bespoke as ones own playing. When one spends a lifetime in the attempt to perfect ones personal voice on the instrument, why not have a rosin that works for your voice from the very beginning instead of its own? In Trio Vitruvi, we can strongly recommend leatherwood bespoke rosin."
“Performing with Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin is an experience that can not be overstated! For our demanding and varied repertoire, and in a wide variety of concert halls, we have finally found a rosin that allows us to maximise our articulation, clarity, volume and sound colour range. As a quartet, we can now create a unified sound of greater depth and precision. Thank you Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin, this is the sound we strive to create!”
“I have been playing the lame sonore / musical saw for 8 years now. For my Cello and Lame Sonora I am always looking for the best equipment. Finding a good comfortable bow was a long process, and finding a good rosin especially for the sound it produces on the saw-blade was even more difficult. After trying all kinds of rosin, this year I tried Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. Not only I am satisfied with the Leatherwood Rosin when I playing cello but even more I am very very pleased whit this new invention for playing the Lame Sonore. The metal noise from the saw blade when I am bowing is much less, the grip on the saw blade is perfect in both the high and low register. It gives me more confidence when playing this beautiful instrument!”
The moment I lay my bow on this magical cake of rosin, I was bewitched. I used to use minimal amounts of rosin for fear of a scratchy sound and loss of subtle control. Not with this rosin. Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin has been a game changer for me and I use it exclusively on both my double bass and cello. My bows suddenly got more expensive when I started using Leatherwood as the sound quality and playability is far beyond anything else I've tried. You can be confident your instrument will respond the way you expect it to and have a healthy sound presence to match. Thanks Leatherwood Rosin for making a great product!
This is the rosin I've been waiting for, since I began playing. We all reach a point in our path to mastering the instrument when we realize what a significant role the rosin has in producing a high quality tone and the Leatherwood rosin delivers without ever failing! And the fact that anyone can choose between different degrees of hardness, adds to the efficacy of this rosin. I strongly recommend it to everyone, regardless the level of playing or musical style!
"So far, Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin is quite simply the most beautiful rosin I have ever used. The tone quality is exquisite, while the articulation and tracking are equally exceptional and refined. Having the variety of formulas available is akin to having a broad palette of the finest paints, enabling one to render the most rich and colorful tones in expressive sound. Thank you very much for all the work you have done!"
“Incredible! Goes to the heart of playing!"
I am so happy to have discovered Leatherwood rosins. Both on double bass and violin, these rosins give me great freedom in my sound research and articulation. It is a wonderful idea to allow the musician to mix different rosins to get the perfect mix, also depending on the humidity. Thank you for your support in our eternal search for the perfect sound!
Leatherwood is more than a rosin, it’s art!
Intuition and genius have given life to this modern rosin. The strings produces a warm sound, rich in harmonics that, being free of any unwanted noise, is perfect for recording.
I’m a lifetime reluctant rosin user, but this product completely changed my mind. For the first time in my life I can look forward to putting rosin on my bow and feel enhanced rather than hindered.
Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin generates a formidable connection of the hair to the strings, without being too aggressive, and leaves no debris on the fretboard or the violin overall. A product of exceptional quality, well done!!!
I love the feeling I get from the contact between the hair of my bow and the gut of my string, when using leatherwood rosin. The response is both silky and strong, I feel powerful and precise, and I can really sense the material of the gut right through the bow, allowing for superb control of microdynamics and tone color. In my experience, the rosin doesn’t dry up like other brands may, and remains sticky without it getting too much.
This is the first meaningful rosin innovation in my lifetime. Leatherwood rosins are a truly 21st Century product; my bows and I have willingly made the transition.