Saraband Music is now a stockist for the wonderful Australian Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. Handmade from Australian tree resins by Andrew Baker from his own tried and trusted recipes.
Leatherwood rosin comes in different varieties:
Crisp, for a decisive attack and firm traction. Dramatic, a glassier texture.
Supple, for a warmer sound, velvety and rich, but still a good, sharp attack on the string.
Baroque blends, specially formulated for gut strings, a gentle but clean attack, smooth traction allowing the string to resonate clearly. Baroque blends are in stock now.
Baroque comes in four blends:
Baroque violin/treble viol
Baroque viola/tenor viol/viola d'amore
Baroque cello/bass viol
Double bass rosins in both crisp and supple are available on special order. Andrew is also developing a special orchestral bass rosin with players from across the world's orchestras.
Prices: $100 ($110 inc GST) from November 2022. Some older stock may be available at a slightly lower price.
Special cloths for removing rosin are also now available and in stock. $8 See image below.
ecoRosin is a new line of premium rosins, proudly created in Australia by Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin. It aims to leave zero footprint on the planet whilst offering players a fantastic rosin. It uses natural plant-based ingredients and resins, including organic waxes and hemp. It does not use any animal products and is 100% vegan. It is biodegradable, leaves no waste and investment in renewable energy projects offsets CO2 emissions. For violin, viola and cello. In stock at Saraband Music. $44 ($40 ex GST)
Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin's founder, Andrew Baker, has always been excited by the colours, textures and aromas of the violin-making tradition.
From the grain patterns of timber to the quality of varnishes, Andrew is passionate about the 'texture' of the string-playing world. Andrew has valued the relationships between performers and their artisan violin and bow makers; the journey of construction and maintenance, and the high appreciation of stunningly beautiful natural materials being as significant as energies spent in the practice room or on stage.
Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin evolved out of this passion, offering string players a means to directly inform and shape their rosin experience. Andrew believes the relationship between client and maker is just as relevant for rosin as for instruments and bows. With over 20 years experience as a performing violinist, pedagogue, researcher and manager, Andrew wishes to continue contributing to the experiences of string players through a product that enhances their playing and indulges their senses