Handcrafted Bow Rosin
“It’s (Stravari Rosin) a brilliant design and not only do I congratulate you but I cannot thank you enough for solving this age-old problem. I’m always excited by innovative user-friendly products.”
Gary Karr – Worlds Leading Solo Bassist
Available in three styles:
After nearly 25 years of building student to symphony level bowed instruments, we at Stravari were looking to improve on what was commercially available in traditional varnishes and grounds (under varnishes). After extensive research and countless translations of old Italian documents, we developed formulas of ground coats, oil varnishes, spirit varnishes and metallic rosinate varnishes that we felt lived up to the standards of the old world masters. Along the way we found and translated some wonderful rosin recipes dating back to the 1500’s in Italy. And from these roots our rosins were born. Old Master and Artista rosins have been formulated utilizing three distinct processes, four different tree resins and a number of additives and minerals; including 24 karat gold. Through this extensive testing and experimentation we realized our goal of bringing the finest bow rosins to the modern player.
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Old Master Fine Bow Rosins are formulated in small batches using the finest of natural ingredients sourced from all over the world. We make the rosins by hand in our Colorado workshop, where each batch is individually hand tested by a professional musician. Our high quality rosins are the easiest and most affordable way to improve your performance.
Old Master Rosin is Stravari’s line of premier rosins and are available in formulas which range from very light to dark. Here you will find 24 karat gold rosins, specialty wine rosins, 19th century French inspired Private Reserve, 16th century Italian inspired Brescian, and Bass formulas.
Most players find that they must change rosins when the seasons change. Generally darker rosin is preferred in the winter months because these formulas are a little softer and stickier. This lends more adhesion to the bow hair, which is drier in the winter. In the humid months of summer lighter harder rosins are preferred because of the increased levels of humidity. Our light and dark formulations offer differences in adhesion to the string or ‘pull’ to the bow. Old Master offers the player smoothness of sound and playability, while enabling a large, powerful tone in forte playing, and a clear, beautiful pianissimo. An added benefit of the purity of the ingredients used in the Old Master Rosins is the low amount of rosin dust produced, which minimizes allergic interactions.
The second line of rosins is our Artista rosins. They are the most affordable option in our handmade rosin line. Created with premium resins, blends and additives, these rosins outperform many of the fine rosins on the market today. The Artista rosins utilize modern day techniques, while still remaining handcrafted. Each batch of rosin is hand tested prior to delivery.
Not sure what rosin(s) to select, scroll to the bottom of the page for the
Pick Your Grip – Click Here for Chart
Artista rosins are the most affordable option in our hand made rosin line. Created with premium resins, blends and additives, these rosins outperform many of the fine rosins on the market today. The Artista rosins utilize modern day techniques, while still remaining hand crafted.
ARTISTA I ROSIN – LIGHT
Our lightest formulation. Smooth and pure sound. Very little dust, while offering a good response and grip. Pianissimos are clear and crisp.
ARTISTA II ROSIN – MEDIUM
Medium rosin. Similar to ARTISTA I, with enhanced core to the sound. Smooth, low dust, consistent articulation.
ARTISTA III ROSIN – DARK
Dark formulation. Grip, smooth articulation, and strength. Enhanced tone color. Low dust.
The Private Reserve Rosin is formulated using a process steeped in the traditions of eighteenth-century France. Makers such as Tourte revolutionized the bow, making it longer and heavier. This new style bow required a different rosin to accommodate the modern bow. This patent pending process can take up to 8 hours to make just 30 cakes of rosin.
PRIVATE RESERVE ROSIN
Medium-light formula. Pure, smooth sound, crisp attack, very little dust. Easy articulation, clear pianissimos.
The Brescian Rosin is inspired by sixteenth-century Italian master rosin makers. While this rosin was originally formulated during the Baroque era, the strong pull lends itself very well to viola, cello and fiddle playing.
Dark formula, best suited to violists and cellists. Grip and power, still smooth, with enhanced articulation.
The Gold I and II rosins are created using the Private Reserve process (above). The blend of resins along with the addition of 24 carat gold adds smoothness and silkiness to the sound.
The Gold I rosin is the lightest formula of our line of rosins and is the ideal formula for subtle, light music and/or high humidity. The Gold II formula offers more adhesion for fuller sound and is ideal for cellists and solo violinists.
GOLD I ROSIN
Light master formula. 24 karat gold infused. Smooth, silky, powerful tone, resonant, strength to the pull, crystal-clear pianissimos.
GOLD II ROSIN
Medium-dark master formula. 24 karat gold infused. Similar to GOLD I, with added adhesion and crisp forte. A true soloist’s rosin.
The Bass Rosin is formulated using the Brescian process to create a strong pull without excess additives or waxes. Ideal for the discriminating bass player.
Dark bass formula, enhanced power and resonance. Smooth, beautiful articulation. Strong pull.
Made using our patent pending Brescian (effervescence) process utilizing organic wine.
Made using our patent pending Brescian(effervescence) process utilizing organic wine.
Each rosin comes in a mini tin. Dimensions: 1” depth by 1 9/16” diameter.
The Mini Rosin Line-up
|Artista Light Mini||$14.95|
|Artista Med Mini||$14.95|
|Artista Dark Mini||$14.95|
|Private Reserve Mini||$19.95|
|Gold I Mni||$19.95|
|Gold II Mini||$19.95|
PICK YOUR GRIP
Rosins are the most affordable way to increase your instruments’ performance. The chart below enables musicians to determine the perfect balance between climate, touch, seasonality and playing style. To find the best rosin(s) for you, add together each of the 4 categories to determine your performance number(s).
1 – HUMIDITY (HUMID=0) (NEUTRAL=+2) (DRY=+4)
2 – TEMPERUTURE (WARM=0) (NEUTRAL=+1) (COOL=+2)
3 – TOUCH (SOFT=0) (NEUTRAL=+2) (STRONG=+4) (AGGRESSIVE =+6)
4 – INSTRUMENT (VIOLIN=0) (VIOLA/FIDDLE=+2) (CELLO=+4)