Throw out all your rosin but this brand

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Calvin Marks, Jul 4, 2020.


  1. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    Just got a few varieties of Leatherwood. There is no comparison to how good this stuff is. Sure it is expensive but it is worth it. Literally throw out your Carlson, Nymans, Pops, Kolstein, or whatever now.
     
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  2. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    Sounds good. Is Leatherwood giving the first 3 tubs for free to compensate for everyone throwing away their existing tubs from other makers?
     
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  3. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    Haha well to be fair, there is no reason why the rosin should be this expensive, but I would happily pay this price because the stuff is just that good.

    Wiedoft was good, so was Oak Soft, but the Leatherwood lineup is just in a league of its own. So much bass rosin is pure junk - cakes up your strings and just sounds bad
     
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  4. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    I'm a Pop's user. That way I can blame how bad my arco sounds on the rosin... Next in line, the bow... Next in line, the strings... Next in line, the bridge... Next in line the sound post... Next in line, the ...

    I think I'm set for quite some time.
     
  5. garrett2

    garrett2

    May 15, 2017
    Which varieties did you get?
     
  6. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    35, 40, 45, 50. I have several bows.

    I use the 35 and 40 for solo music and 45 and 50 for orchestral. My favorite is the 45.
     
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  7. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    It better be good for that price. 67$ for two cakes!
     
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  8. garrett2

    garrett2

    May 15, 2017
    I have a cake of 30 and a cake of 50. I should have bought more. The 30 takes a while to warm up, they both sound great.
     
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  9. sean_on_bass

    sean_on_bass Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    USA
    What's better about it?
     
  10. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    1. No powder on the strings or flaking (same as Wiedoft and Oak)
    2. No garbage packaging like Pops (same as Wiedoft
    3. It actually sounds good and lasts
    4. There are many varieties so you can blend depending on your climate
     
  11. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    What’s the difference between the 45 and 50? Is the 50 just *too* soft/grippy?
     
  12. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    that is what I found, yes. However, when it becomes fall or winter it should be perfect in my climate.
     
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  13. equill

    equill

    Nov 25, 2010
    Madrid
    I'm just a newbie, so I just put it down to needing more practice and more lessons before any of those things is a limiting factor.
    Given my approach to upgrading, it's best for my bank balance that I cling to that assumption as long as possible.
     
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  14. garrett2

    garrett2

    May 15, 2017
    Be warned that it can take a while to receive once you pay -- mine took two months.
     
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  15. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    same. The shipping totally sucks. I wonder if there is a shop a bit more local that stocks their stuff?
     
  16. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    String Emporium says Leatherwood is "Back in Stock!"
     
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  17. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    they seem to only stock intervals of 10 instead of 5, but I think that’s fair.
     
  18. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Ah, there's always some sort of catch. But yeah, perhaps it's ok if the shipping time is a bit more reasonable.
     
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  19. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    @piggywiddle Which % would you say compares to Wiedoeft (if any) in terms of grip/stickiness?
     
  20. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Toronto
    tough to say to be honest. Wiedoft is really its own animal. It is a rather hard rosin that is still quite pliable. Probably the 40-45
     
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