Leatherwood Rosin comes in two set recipes for violin, viola, and cello and offer very distinct sound and response characteristics:
A decisive attack, firm traction and crisp sautille; this recipe creates an undeniably forthright sound through a glassier texture.
The crisp blend often works well with an instrument with lots of resonance but is a little ‘woolly’ in sound, offering it greater clarity and articulation.
Crisp also assists bows or techniques that struggle to achieve a clear and articulate spiccato or sautille.
Crisp can also assist small student or cheap instruments, by enhancing their sound to be brighter and sometimes louder; and beginning students find it easier to articulate with crisp.
A warm and softer sound, consistent traction that feels velvety and rich; this recipe maintains a reliably sharp attack on the string.
The supple blend can help generate a more powerful and focused sound from a softer and lighter bow with less ‘bite’.
Supple can also enhance the sounds of a deep / warm sounding instrument by making it sound more resonant.
Supple can also ‘soften’ an instrument which is too loud, bright or one-dimensional in sound.