We produce only two blends of rosin as we do not side with the now popular notion of needing a rosin for every possible situation, ie, orchestral, solo, baroque, etc.
A great rosin should facilitate one’s needs regardless of what the situation is.
Honestly, can you think of any situation where you’d prefer less grip, less range of tone, less control?
Baker’s Original is based off of a very old Cremonese recipe that was popular in the region and day of Paganini.
It is the darker of the two Baker’s blends and is a medium amber in color.
In keeping with the traditional recipe, Baker’s Original is distilled in solid copper vessels over open fire pits.
Baker’s Vuillaume Citron is based from an authentic French recipe that was popular in the region and time of Vuillaume.
It is the lighter of the two blends and is a yellow-green (citron) in color.
In keeping with the old recipe, Baker’s Vuillaume Citron is distilled in solid earthen vessels over open fire pits.
The greater difference between the two Baker’s blends is probably in how they react to different string formulations.
Baker’s Original has found favor with our gut and synthetic string users, while the Citron is most popular with our metal string users and “fiddle” stylists.
It is important to understand that nobody, not even myself can reasonably suggest to you which rosin will best suit your needs, as there are simply too many variables at play.
Bow weight, hair count and width, player technique and style, etc.
Only you can properly discern which Baker’s blend will best suit your playing.
We can paint a picture in general terms, but you truly have to decide for yourself which of the two Baker’s blends best facilitates your playing needs.
I will say this with confidence though....compared to any modern production rosin, either Baker’s blend will most likely make a marked and noticed improvement to one’s capabilities concerning control and tone production, and this is something we hear all the time from users...”I didn’t think I could get tone like this from my violin”....”I was about to trade my cello in on a better one until I tried your rosin”....”Suddenly like magic I can perform complex strokes that were before out of my reach”.
As far as we can tell we’re the only makers left on the planet who make rosin from the liquid sap of living trees and it has been this way for a very long time now.
In fact, most people alive today have never even had the opportunity to play on proper, fresh made rosin and so they have no clue as to what they’re missing out on.