Upright Bass Rosin
There are many kinds of rosins now available for the upright double
bass. Pop's remains the most popular brand of choice for a lot of
players, both classical and jazz. Some think it too sticky and
prefer the Nymans or Carlsson. It's quite common to have 2 or 3
different brands rather than just one. Oddly enough, at some point
(of the year), one particular rosin might not be working well for
whatever reason, while another brand, (same age) will work just
fine. For me, Pop's seems to do ok all year round. Sometimes when
the super cold and very dry weather comes, I'll use a little
Kolstein Ultra 'Soft'. In most cases, one wouldn't use 'Soft' in the
summer! Our newest addition to our bass rosin page, is the
Wiedoeft. For more information about this new rosin, please again
refer to our
in-depth upright bass rosin page.
Many don't realize
that the cheapest and easiest way to maintain a good sound is to
keep fresh rosin. Old rosin, gets 'powdery' and tends to sound
scratchy after a while. What happens is that the natural properties
(resins, wax and other related natural additives) start to break
down and change. If you are serious about your arco playing and
sound, don't be cheap about replacing your rosin once a year. There
is some folklore and anecdotes about heating Pops in the microwave
oven or melting down various rosins together on the stove! Rosin is
cheap, keep fresh rosin!
Fresh rosin: The turnover rate here is pretty
crazy. With all the bows that we sell (and rosin) we treat bass
rosin here like it's the vegetable section! Fresh makes a
If you are still a little unsure about which kind or
brand of bass rosin you need, there is a page that we detail and
compare the different brands. Read the
upright bass rosin page.
Sorry about some of the recent price increases as of
late. Even musical instrument accessories (Pop's
Rosin) is having problems. We've had to scour the country for
what we have even now. Once things start moving along as they
did (before pandemic), our prices will also surely go back down.
Another new bass rosin soon to come out as well!
We just got word that the famous "Chicago Bass Rosin"
is coming back on the market after many years. This rosin was
made by well known Chicago bass luthier, Scott Henrie. The
rosin was really famous in the mid 80's to early 90's, and then just
disappeared wtihout warning. I remember it fondly as a very
close comparison (almost identical) to a really fresh Pop's rosin.
So this will be really great when it finally arrives here. So
far, we're hearing sometime in June. More to come on this one....