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stickiest and not gummy?

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by peterbmetcalf, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. peterbmetcalf


    Nov 12, 2012
    HI Everyone...I used to use Pop's bass rosin, but the quality changed in 2011 to be less sticky and more gummy. Pop's denied any changes in their manufacturing, so I suppose it is Earth changing its whiskers. Now, in Nov. 2012, I have finally tired of it. What in your experience is the stickiest and least gummy rosin other than Pops? Thanks a bundle!
  2. Ryanpet42

    Ryanpet42 Guest

    Aug 1, 2012
    Kolstein soft. Very sticky, yet harder than Nyman/Carlsson. Almost like a cello rosin.
  3. Ryanpet42

    Ryanpet42 Guest

    Aug 1, 2012
    Except stickier.
  4. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC
    Far be it from me to dissuade anyone from switching from Pop's- never cared for it myself, but that is neither here nor there. Are you sure you are/were getting fresh cakes of Pop's? I don't know how age affects it, but there is a lot of talk here amongst those that dig Pop's rosin that getting fresh cakes is essential.

    Just sayin'...

  5. Get Kolstein soft, the bass sounds so much louder and the packaging with the silicone cup is very good

  6. On warm days the silicone cup re-forms the rosin pretty nicely, too :)

  7. srbbass

    srbbass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    +1 on Kolstein Soft
  8. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'll give a little plug for bassrosin.com, which I (and other's I'm sure) find supplies the freshest Pops. Also, I'll give a plug for keeping rosin (still in its container) in a ziplock bag with a drop or two of water at all times except maybe when travelling to/from a gig (could still keep it in a ziplock bag though, just without the water).
  9. Right now I've got two cakes of Pops. One fresh and soft and the other somewhat dried and brittle. I use them both; it only depends upon which one is closest to my bass.

    I don't think the type of rosin you use is really as important as some people make it. Just practice, practice, practice. It takes years to learn a good double bass bowing technique and really start to get comfortable. Whenever I try another new type of rosin (when someone offers), I'm quickly able to adapt to it. It's just a question of how much to apply. A little at a time.
  10. Kolstein soft is great. Been using it pretty much the entire time I've played with a bow. Switched to Pops briefly and have been very happy since I switched back.

    As many people will tell you though, freshness really is the most important factor.
  11. eerbrev


    Dec 6, 2009
    Ottawa, ON, CAN
    I'm going to throw a wild card into the mix. Ever tried Clarity rosins? they're synthetic (for hypoallergenic purposes). The winter rosin has got lots of bite without the Pops "sizzle". I like it a lot, and I use the summer rosin too (though the winter is totally useable in steamy temps). It converted me from Pop's, which was getting harder to get, and get fresh up here in the Great White North.

  12. stefaniw80401

    stefaniw80401 Supporting Member

    May 18, 2004
    Evergreen, Colorado
    Been testing out Salzman bass rosin for the last few months. James does not use any wax in his formula, as you'll find in many others. Down side (of waxless rosins) is that they tend to be a little dusty. That said, to the OP question, Salzman #9 has been my favorite out of the bunch (#6 thru #10). #10 being the softest. #9 is great for orchestra, and great for the high solo work as well. #10, while being plenty sticky, is not too gummy. I know exactly what the OP is saying.

    For me, Nyman and Kolstein are too gummy for the higher work. Earlier this week, I took a couple of swipes of Kolstein soft and thought "what have I just done to my bow!"

    You can find Salzman rosin at: http://www.salzmanrosin.com/
  13. Edvin


    Feb 25, 2010
    That's definitely my experience.
    My teacher get's a new one every month from bass rosin store. I change cake every three-four months but i don't use rosin that much right now (applying once every week or so).
    Pretty often i heat up my pop's to make it feel like new!