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Leatherwood Bespoke Bass Rosin

This is the new Leatherwood bass rosin that came out in June, 2019.   This rosin comes in a differentLeatherwood Bass Rosin format, where for $67 you get two cakes that you choose out of 5 different hardnesses: 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% and 60%.  The the lower the percentage of (resin), the harder it will be.  So, 20% is the hardest, with the absolute softest here being 60%.  This is really nothing new in the bass rosin world, as Kolstein has offered All Weather (middle of the road) , and soft for decades.  Here, there's a range of 5.  The Leatherwood people call it their "Amber Range" (good marketing :)  They are calling it "Bespoke" (like a personal tailored suit) that can be tailored by the player's choices and how they blend them together.

Which ones should you choose?  To help you decide which consistency of hardness will work best, one should first consider what type of climate(s) you live.  If say, you live in Chicago where it is cold and dry in the winter and then often hot and humid in the summer, chances are just one type of rosin, won't be adequate.  In the cold air winters, the temperature and humidity around the room might dictate that you use a soft type rosin: Pop's or Kolstein Soft.  Here with the new Leatherwood, one actually gets to select TWO rosins. (You can select two of the same, two close together in thickness, or two with a range in between.  For instance, you can order a 30% cake for the summer hot months and then a 50% cake for the winter.  You can mix the two rosins together which is what professional symphony players tend to do right when the seasons change. Where the one rosin might not be working as it did the week before and now needs a different type of consistancy.  Again, going changing into the colder winter months, might require a softer type rosin.  Going back into summer, might require something a little less soft and a little harder.

You often hear about bass players that keep cello or violin rosin (because they are harder) for when they are playing or working on just solo material: A bow with a lot of super heavy and sticky rosin on it, while it might be GREAT for orchestra, might also tend to cover up the some of the partials or tone from a bass by smothering the string and blocking the higher partials that get watered down with too much rosin.  (The rosin coated in and on the bow hair and on the string) sometimes can take a little nuanced 'edge' away from and cloud the tone.  It really boils down to trial and error.

To simplify things a bit.  The  softer rosin will be used more in orchestra type settings, where you need the most volume and will need to grab the string with the most power.  The harder rosins in the range, will help your tone sound a little cleaner and because you won't need to saw your bass in half (like in orchestra), the harder version work more for solo playing.  Again, by using two rosins, you can blend the two together using more or less of whichever one gets you closest to your desired use and/or sound.

Again, you can pick any 2 rosins below: 

1st Rosin Hardness Selection :
2nd Rosin Hardness Selection