I started playing violin a few years ago. As I improved, I started to upgrade key components like my strings and bow. I was using the 'el cheapo' rosin and my instructor said to try Hill's, so I did. The Hill's was a marginal improvement, so I was incredulous when I read all the glowing reviews about Baker's. Could it really be that much better? I mean, really, isn't rosin just rosin? Well, my experience is that Baker's is exponentially better than the others I have used. I would not use any other rosin, and I look forward to the 'invitations to order'. It's definitely worth the wait. I recommend you try it and see for yourself.
About a year ago, I arrived at a rehearsal with the Pittsburgh Symphony and realized to my dismay that I'd left my cake of rosin at home that day. I asked a violist subbing with us if I might have a swipe of his rosin and he handed me a rosin I'd never seen as he rushed onto stage without a word. After playing a couple of notes, I was AMAZED how fantastic this rosin felt on my Fetique, every note was clear and the response could not have been better. I ran over to this violist and said, "What is this incredible rosin? I love it! Where can I get it?!" "Ah", he said, quite pleased with my response, "That is Baker's, you'll have to wait for a while for it." Well, needless to say, I waited eagerly for my two cakes of rosin and have been absolutely thrilled with this rosin. I hope I will never need to use any other. Really astonishing what a difference it makes!
Tatjana ChamisAssociate Principal Viola - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
I recently received my first order of Baker's rosin. From the first moment I touched bow to string, I was thrilled. After years of trying every rosin out there, I am finally happy with the action of my bow. It is superb! I live in Florida and play in and out of air conditioning, outside, high humidity conditions and I can rely on Baker's rosin to be reliable in every way. And the service was outstanding! Prompt and helpful reply to my questions. Thank you so very much!
I've been using both formulations of Baker's Rosins for a couple of months. The cast of characters included three cellos (one a Baroque instrument), two bass violas da gamba, a half-dozen bows of varying capabilities, and a rapidly aging musician, also of varying capabilities (depending on the instrument: professional cellist, good amateur gamba player). Bottom line: these are the best rosins I've found over 50+ years of playing. They're so good that you actually take notice. It was like when I first got glasses at age 7: I was astonished at what I'd been missing.
No, Baker's Rosin didn't cure bad intonation, dammit all--but it DID assist in producing a more focused tone, rich in overtones, which in turn helps me tune more acutely. The striking characteristic of these rosins is their ability to grip the string--WITHOUT producing an overly "gunky" feeling on the string. I don't use very much at a time, but that suffices, whether I'm drawing a legato stroke or deploying a spiccato, sautill�, staccato--whatever I try out. The approach to bowing I was taught (and which I in turn inflict on my students) emphasizes using the fingers of the right hand to change the bow angles constantly to suit the requirements of the passage. Baker's Rosins have provided a degree of assistance I hadn't realized was possible from a rosin.
A few notes: I mainly play gut strings of one sort or another--metal strings, for those of you who've never used gut, are the spawn of Satan ;-) --Eudoxas and Olivs on the modern instruments, Dlugoleckis and Gamuts on the early music gear. In a pinch I've had to slap a Jargar or Obligato on, and they too respond beautifully. I've tried both rosin formulations and found both work well, but I'm leaning towards a preference for the Original. Among the rosins I've used in recent years are Andrea (too much crud--this is a musicological term--for me), Pirastro Oliv (I like this) and Guillaume (a nice Belgian rosin that comes in a fancy wooden box so it must be good, and which has been my go-to until Baker's).
I hope this helps anyone who's considering these excellent rosins.
The rosin is excellent. I have only tried the original, but I am very pleased.
The stuff works great !
I typically like a darker rosin, but they can be grabby or gummy. Bakers original gives me that fuller sound I like, but my bow glides more smoothly on the strings. I also find there's less dust and less mess to deal with, though that may be simply because it is really, really fresh.
My second favorite is the old Tartini, but the Bakers seems a hair smoother. Nice !
Baker's is THE rosin. There simply is no substitute.
I love your rosin so much! I am down to nubbins because i got a cello and it eats a lot of rosin (more than the violin) and I let everybody I play with try the original rosin. Most people say the same things I'd say, that is is grippy without being harsh or having rocks in it. I would also add that it makes me sound better than I am, and even when I"m nervous my bow doesn't wander all over the strings like it used to.
Great rosin!! Received it just in time for a Christmas concert and it played very spiritually. Well worth the wait.
Having tested nearly every rosin on the market a few years back, I can say without reservation that Baker's Original rosin is far and above the best rosin that I have ever used. Contact and response of the string is direct without effort. Sound is full and well focused. I believe that Mr. Baker's meticulous attention to detail and high standards contribute to the difference between this rosin and 'all the others'.
When you open the package, and see the Rosin, you instantly know you are getting quality. I was very lucky, and managed to get the Original and the Citron. I just had my bow rehaired and so the only rosin on this bow is the Original. I have not tried the Citron yet. You would not believe the difference! The improvement was amazing! You can tell that they put their heart and soul into their product. This rosin is art! World Class, and by far superior to any rosin I have tried! With Infeld strings, the bow grips and glides when you want it to, thanks to the rosin. I was stunned at the difference. I could not put my Violin down, I was so stunned by what a difference the Baker's Original Rosin made. I can't wait to try the Vuillaume Citron now. Tone, quality, sound, and the way my bow felt while playing blew my mind! My music improved just by using this rosin. Everything everyone told me about Baker's rosin was certainly true and more. The bow response was truly amazing! If I am gushing, I can't help it. Your very hard work and attention to detail with this rosin has made me one very happy musician! It truly is a work of art!
Thank you so very much, you have won my heart, as that is where my music comes from.
I was ecstatic to receive my invitation to order a fresh cake of Baker's today! As both a professional violinist/violist and teacher, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the immediate improvement in tone on every bow to which I've applied it, even down to the youngest beginner on the smallest fractional. Does it live up to the hype? Oh yes, and then some. For me, it felt like I hadn't really known what rosin should be until I tried Baker's. Thanks, Tom!
This is by far the finest rosin I have ever used. The response is immediate and the sound excellent. Thank you so much!
Dear TC Baker,
I have been enjoying your magnificent rosin for the last year and a half or so, and I can honestly say I have never played with a better rosin. It draws the most solid yet textured sound out of my bows and violins. I play mainly with a great Lamy bow, and secondarily with a fantastic Sartory bow, on my two JB Vuillaume violins and Vincenzo Panormo violin. I also play a Gregg Alf contemporary violin usually with my Yannick Le Canu bow which sounds great with your rosin. I prefer the Vuillaume Citron blend the most. After extensively trying over 10 different makes of rosin, each of which was recommended as someone's favorite, the difference in quality of sound and ease of playing is easily appreciated as soon as I apply Baker's rosin to any of my bows. And when occasionally I have to use another make of rosin, I sorely miss my Baker's. Thank you again for making the world's best rosin.
Dear Mr. Baker,
I need to take the time to sincerely thank you for your understanding of my personal situation and explain to all members the gravity of the situation.
I am the principal second violin in the Cyprus symphony orchestra for fifteen years now. Sometime ago I developed a severe case of tendinitis on my right arm, left arm and left wrist. I could not play any more without feeling excruciating pain on my bow arm. I have tried everything, physio, electric shocks, cortizone pills even to the point of having a cortizone injection directly on the joint. Then my physician suggested an operation on the joint, but I shied away from that as they don't always work.
late last summer a visiting musician friend let me try his baker's original cake on my bow and although the hair was not new,I just passed a rag a few times over it and rosined the bow with this rosin.
The grip was exceptional the colours and tone on my J.B.Vuillaume violin enhanced beyond recognition.It was like I was plying a real Del-Gesu. The most important attribute to me however was that the extra grip helped me produce the sound I wanted with less effort and thus less pain. I am not suggesting that the new rosin cured my condition, but now I can concentrate on playing and not feel that excruciating pain that made me tense all the time.
Thank you Mr. Baker for what I believe is the greatest rosin on earth (believe me I have used them all)and may you be healthy and long lived so we may enjoy your great rosin for years on end.
- FOLLOW UP -
After playing on your original rosin for more than a month now, I feel I have to drop you a line with my personal feedback.
Indeed the rosin is by far the best I have ever used. It's as simple as that.
Due to tendinitis I haven't been able to practise for a very long time, but for more than a month now since I used the original formula I have been practising and playing with minimal pain. I put this down to the perfect grip the rosin has on the strings. For me this is the most important attribute of my new rosin, since with the pain in my shoulder, playing was very tense and painful. My colleagues have noticed the improvement of my playing and asked if my arm feels better to which I said yes because of the new rosin. I let them try it and everyone fell in love with it, even some cello players and all the viola section. In the first couple of weeks before rehearsal people would come to me asking if they can use the baker. I believe a lot of them have put their mane on the waiting list by now. Now I leave the cake at home, as I don't need to rosin at the middle of the rehearsal any more and also it will last longer.
The other benefits of the original is that it enhances the tone of the instrument not only volume wise but also colors and nuances.
My bows feel more resilient and responsive, even a bow that I have which had problems with spiccato now jumps with no problem.
Dear Tom, thank you for giving my arm a new lease of life and I cannot wait to try the citron as well, when I am invited to buy again.
May you be healthy and happy.
Kypros ChristodoulidesPrincipal second violin, Cyprus symphony orchestra - Nicosia, Cyprus.