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
indepth 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 difference.
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.
upright bass rosin page.