Best Brands of Cello Rosin

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If this is your first purchase of a cello and you do not want to spend a lot of money on it, this brand may be the right choice for you. This is not a hand-made instrument. It is actually a factory-made instrument, but the sound quality is quite satisfactory for the first few years of playing the cello.

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Rosin, the ubiquitous accessory for any stringed-instrument player is actually a bit of a mystery to most musicians. Few know how it’s made, how it works, and which types or grades are best for their instruments. Standing in front of the accessory counter at your local violin shop and trying to pick out a cake or box of rosin is a bit like standing in front of the bar at your local pub: Do you choose dark or amber, winter or summer?

To help decode the mystery, here is some valuable information on that little box of rosin hiding in your instrument case’s accessory compartment.

What is Rosin, Exactly?

Rosin—colophon or colophony, as it is known to luthiers—is a resin collected from one of 110 different types of pine tree throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand. The name colophony harkens back to the ancient city of Colophon in Lydia, which produced a high-grade of resin originally used to create smoke for both medical and magical procedures.

Rosin is drawn directly from living trees in a tapping process–in much the same way that maple syrup is collected (the process in no way harms the tree). First, a small area of the tree’s outer bark is removed. Then the tree is fitted with a drip channel and collection container. Finally, the tree is cut with V-shaped grooves about 1 cm (.39 inch) wide just above the drip channel. These marks induce the flow of resin into the container (the cuts must be renewed every five days or so to ensure the continuous flow of tree resin).

After the resin is collected, it is sometimes mixed with other tree saps—usually from larches, spruces, or firs—to create a specialized formula (rosin makers are as secretive about their individual recipes as violin makers are with varnish). This formula is then purified by straining and heating it in large vats until the resins are completely melted. Once cooked, the concoction is poured into molds. After the mixture sets for about 30 minutes, the rosin is smoothed down and polished. Rosin is packed into a swath of cloth or fitted into a tight-sealing container.

The color of rosin is dictated by the time of year during which it is collected. If the resin is tapped in late winter or early spring, it will be gold or amber in color and hard when set up. As the seasons change to summer and fall, the color of the resin darkens and the consistency softens.

How Rosin Works

“The first impression that I always have to work with is that bow hair has scales on it that grab the string and make it vibrate, which is not at all the case,” says renowned acoustics expert Norman Pickering in a recent chat with Strings author James McKean (read our November/December 2003 Shop Visit for the full story). “It is the adhesion of the sticky rosin between the bow hair and the string that makes it work. The bow pulls the string in the direction of the bow motion until the adhesion breaks—you get to the point where it can’t pull anymore. The string snaps back and vibrates at whatever frequency it’s tuned to.”

Choosing & Using Rosin

When purchasing rosin, first sort out whether you’re looking for a student- or professional-grade product. Student-grade rosin is cheaper, often has a grittier sound, and produces more powder than the professional grades. For some players, such as fiddlers, this is a plus. But classical players may find that the higher-priced professional-grade rosins better fit their needs. Professional-grade rosin is created from a purer resin and generally produces a smoother, more controlled tone.

Next, decide between light, or amber, and dark rosin–sometimes also defined as summer (light) and winter (dark) rosin. Dark rosin is softer and is usually too sticky for hot and humid weather—it is better suited to cool, dry climates. Since light rosin is harder and not as sticky as its darker counterpart, it is also preferable for the higher strings. “[Any type of] rosin—except for bass rosin, which is much, much softer and would make a mess on a violin bow—pretty much works on any instrument,” says Richard Ward of Ifshin Violins in Berkeley, California. “Lighter rosins tend to be harder and more dense—a good fit for violin and viola. Darker, softer rosins are generally preferred by the lower strings.”

Some companies also add precious metals to their recipes—another choice to consider when shopping for rosin. It is not uncommon to see gold, silver, lead-silver, and copper added to rosin. These materials purportedly increase the rosin’s static friction, creating different tonal qualities.

Gold rosin is said to produce a warm, clear tone and is appropriate for all instruments. The addition of gold to the rosin mixture can soften a harsh-sounding instrument. Solo performers often find that gold rosin helps them produce a clearer, more defined tone.

Silver rosin creates a concentrated, bright tone and is especially good for performance in higher positions. It is best suited for the violin or viola.

Lead-silver rosin is well-suited for both the violin and viola and is a soft but nontacky rosin. It enhances warmth and clarity, producing a fresh playing tone.

Copper is the most defined of all the rosin additives. These rosins can help make playing easier for a beginner (and are said to be the best for 1/2- and 3/4-size instruments). Copper creates a very warm, almost velvety-soft tone. This rosin is also popular among gamba players.

Boxed vs. Cake Rosin

Rosin comes in either box or cake form. Boxed rosin is generally priced lower than cake rosin and comes in clear to amber colors. It is a universal rosin, and can be used for any stringed instrument (excluding bass), in any season. Boxed rosin is advantageous for student players using nonhorsehair bows. One advantage of boxed rosin is its durable quality—it’s far less prone to cracking and breaking. However, if you aren’t careful when applying it you can catch the box on your bow hairs. Cake rosin tends to be a higher-quality, more pure rosin. It is available in amber to solid black colors (and in both summer and winter mixtures).

The powder created from rosin application is sometimes irritating to players. To combat rosin allergies, some companies also now offer hypoallergenic rosin. This clear, powder-free alternative is found predominantly in cake form and creates no residue or powder when used.

No matter which rosin you choose, use it sparingly. “A lot of people use way too much rosin—you don’t really need to apply rosin each time you play; once every four or five times is more than enough. If you need to rosin so often, your bow probably needs a good rehair,” says Ward.

To prevent rosin buildup from damaging your instrument, keep a soft cloth in your instrument case and thoroughly clean your strings, your instrument, and the stick of your bow after each time you play.

The complete edition of the Care & Repair of Violin or Viola series from Strings magazine gives you a library of video and written instruction that will provide you with extensive knowledge that will help you understand your instrument and, in turn, be a more informed owner and user of stringed instruments and bows.

What is cello rosin made out of?

Rosin, known as colophony to luthiers, is a resin collected from hundreds of different types of pine trees throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand. Collected from trees in much the same way as maple syrup, the resin is sometimes mixed with other tree saps to create a specialized formula.

Top Brands of Cello Rosin

There are many different types of rosins because of the amazing variety of pine trees we have on this earth. Additions like metal flakes, as well as the way the resin is processed create an almost infinite amount of possibilities.

Certain types of rosin are better for the cello. While violinists and violists generally us a lighter, harder rosin, cellists prefer a medium-strength darker rosin. On the furthest end of the spectrum, bassists typically use the softest and darkest rosin.

You must also consider what type of strings you have because certain types of rosin react better with different core materials. If you have steel or other metal-cored strings, you might want to consider a harder and/or drier rosin. A softer rosin will generally react better with your instrument if you play on gut or synthetic strings.

Several rosin manufacturers like Pirastro and Larica add metal flecks, such as gold, silver, and copper to the rosin. These small bits of metal can affect the clarity of the tone by increasing the static friction between the bow and strings.

Another things to consider is the climate. If you live in a dry climate, you should pick a softer rosin. Softer rosins tend to be too sticky in humid climates, so if that is the case for you, pick a harder rosin. Some people even switch rosins as the seasons change it can make that much of a difference!

Certain companies like Pirastro and D’Addario also make and brand their rosins specifically for the strings they manufacture. Pirastro names the majority of their rosins after their violin, viola, and cello strings. This can simplify your task of finding a suitable rosin, because if you play on Pirastro strings, you can always find the rosin that best matches your strings!

Though a good quality set of strings can make a bigger difference to your tone, it is a good idea to find a rosin that will bring out the best qualities in your strings. To help you, we’ve listed the top 20 producers of rosin and what strings they are most suited for.

1. Jade L’Opera JADE Rosin for Violin, Viola, and Cello

For cello rosin made in France, we can say that this one has a more than accessible price. It has a smooth consistency but manages to offer an excellent grip. In case you are worried that the texture of the rosin might scratch the beautiful varnish of your instrument, it is worth knowing that this one will not present such risks.

It is a very soft type of rosin that is free of any impurities or particles that can accidentally scratch your cello. Besides being packed in a case, the rosin will also be wrapped in a piece of soft cloth, so it will be easier to preserve its integrity and smooth surface.

2. D’Addario Natural Rosin, Light

For those looking for rosins made entirely out of natural ingredients, D’Addario comes with a great proposal. This product is light rosin made exclusively out of natural ingredients. It is also worth mentioning that the rosin works best together with bows equipped with synthetic or horsehair.

Positioned in a case made out of plastic and featuring channels for a better grip, the rosin will be easy to use with one single hand. The soft texture of the product will ensure a great grip of the bow, so it won’t be difficult to play your cello well each time. Just like any other D’Addario products, this one is also made in the US, so you can be sure of its quality.

3. Pirastro Goldflex Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello

For cello players that are picky when it comes to the rosins they use, Pirastro proposes a product that not just works great but also looks amazing. The rosin’s composition was improved with small gold flakes, which improves the grip offered to your bow. The manufacturer claims that the cello will produce bright and warm tones when the bow is covered with this rosin.

So, it may be worth making the effort to get this product. It comes wrapped in a protective cloth and with a box that can be used for storage and transportation. The best part is that you can use this rosin with all kinds of strings, so it doesn’t matter what kind of strings you have installed on your cello.

4. D’Addario Kaplan Premium Rosin with Case, Dark

D’Addario is another great brand when it comes to cello rosin. And we have to admit that this particular product has an amazing presentation. It comes in an elegant case that looks more like a jewelry case than a protective case for cello rosin. The case is small enough so you can handle the rosin with one single hand, meaning that you will be able to hold your bow with the other.

Made by Ladislav Kaplan, the rosin is supposed to offer an excellent grip and make your cello product beautiful sounds. If you are concerned about the quality of this product, you should know that all D’Addario rosins are made in the US and face rigid quality controls.

5. The Original Bernardel Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello

Are you in search for a light to medium cello rosin? Well, in case you would like to enjoy great quality at the same time, this rosin provided by Bernardel could suit the needs of your cello. According to the manufacturer, this rosin is a genuine Bernardel product and it is made in France, according to the company’s tradition. The price tag is slightly higher, so we are tempted to believe that.

The rosin comes accompanied by a practical cloth and a pouch, so you can pack, store, and carry it in complete comfort and safety. Try to be balanced when applying the rosin on the hair of your bows and it will not produce too much dust while ensuring a great performance of your instrument.

6. The Original Hill Dark Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello

Do you think that dark rosin works best for you? Then you should take a look at this product provided by Hill. While you are afraid that this may be a fake product, the manufacturer claims that this is the original cello rosin made by this brand. The truth is that the packaging method and the great grip this rosin provides show indeed care toward high quality.

You will receive the rosin wrapped in a soft velveteen cloth, which offers extra padding. This way, the risk to break or scratch the surface of the rosin are minimal. Hill is a rosin brand utilized by experienced cello players from all over the world, so it may be worth trying it out.

7. Sound harbor 2 Pack Rosin for Cello

If you would like to have smaller packs of cello rosin, instead of a large one, this option may very well suit you. The product is delivered in two small boxes, so you can have one in the case of your cello and one as a backup plan wherever you think you may need it.

The quality of the rosin is good, so you can expect low-dust production and great control of your bow when playing your instrument. The sounds made by your cello will be beautiful and there are high chances you will like the grip of the bow as well. In order to enjoy all these, all you have to do is pass the surface of the bow’s hairs over the rosin.

8. Kafko KVRWL Light Violin/Viola/Cello Rosin

This type of rosin is ideal for those that use bows with synthetic and natural hairs alike. It is light rosin, so it will easily adhere to the hairs of the bow. It comes packaged in a nice wooden box, which makes its use comfortable.

The wooden box allows you to grab onto it while you can use the other hand for putting rosin on the hairs of the bow. In case you are looking for light cello rosin, this product deserves being on your list due to the affordable price tag. If you decide to give it a chance, you may have a pleasant surprise, as it can offer a good level of quality.

9. Natural Rosin for Cello Low Dust Rosin for Bow

This particular rosin was made especially to suit the needs of instruments with metallic or synthetic strings. The product also comes in a practical box that makes its use convenient. All you have to do is pass the hairs of the bow over the surface of the rosin until the hairs are properly covered in rosin. The result is a cello that performs beautifully, with less noise and warm sounds.

Although you won’t see this detail mentioned on the package of the product, it is worth mentioning that this rosin is made by Pirastro. At the moment, the Pirastro brand is one of the biggest providers of strings in the world. So, you can be sure that you will get a good type of rosin for your cello.

10. Sherman Cello Rosin

This particular cello rosin is a rather popular choice among cello players for years already. Apparently, it is good quality rosin that is available at an accessible price. The wood holder is made to fit in your palm with ease, so using it will be an easy task whenever you need it.

The manufacturer claims that the product is economical, so a small amount of this rosin should suffice when it comes to making your cello play beautifully. The truth is that the price tag is indeed affordable. If you are looking for dark cello rosin, this option may be just what you need. Not to mention that the 2” holder will make the rosin easy to pack and carry.

11. Pirastro Oliv/Evah Rosin For Violin-Viola-Cello

In case you don’t mind investing a little more in cello rosin of a higher quality, this one made by Pirastro may just be what you need. Pirastro is a well-known brand when it comes to string instruments. So, you can expect the brand to deliver exceptional products. This will be, of course, reflected in the price tag of their products, but the satisfaction will be higher in this case.

Thus, considering that Pirastro is among the largest providers of strings in the world, you can be sure that the company knows what kind of rosin to provide as well. Offering a great grip, this olive-green rosin will be able to serve you well and make your instrument sound amazing each time.

12. Light Low Dust Rosin 2 Pack For Cello

Cello rosin is something that should never miss from your set of accessories as a cello player. So, having the chance to get two packs of rosin at once is definitely a good investment. This way, you will make sure that you’ll have a sufficient amount of rosin for a good while. How about this rosin’s quality?

The manufacturer claims that this rosin offers a good grip without producing too much dust, which is always a desirable aspect. You don’t want to inhale too much dust while playing your instrument. Providing a good viscosity level and coming at an affordable price tag, this rosin will allow you to enjoy a good grip of the bow on your cello.

13. Andrea Solo Cello Rosin Full Cake

As soon as you will take a look at this cello rosin you will be able to tell that this is something special. It is true that the price tag is slightly higher, in comparison with the rest, but the quality is indeed outstanding. It was made with regard to the solo cello players, allowing them to glow during every performance.

If you want to make sure that your instrument will sound amazing each time, this rosin has what it takes to help you achieve this. No matter how much pressure you will put on your bow, the rosin will prevent sounds from cracking, for flawless performance each time. In other words, the cello will be sensitive and powerful at the same time, and you’ll enjoy a perfect degree of control.

14. Salchow Medium-Dark Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello

This is cello rosin manufactured in the US and it is, according to the provider, made to suit professional cello players. But, in spite of this aspect, the price tag is rather affordable. So, if you want to make sure that the rosin you will use is capable of making your cello deliver a great performance, you could try this one out.

Of course, you need to decide whether dark rosin is what you’re looking for. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy playing classical music with your cello or you like fiddling more, as this rosin will behave very well in both cases. It comes wrapped in a velvet-like cloth, for improved safekeeping.

15. Kolstein Cello Rosin

According to the manufacturer, this rosin is recommended for cello players with respiratory issues. This is due to the fact that it produces a very small amount of dust. So, if you had rosins that produced loads of dust and you don’t like breathing it while playing your instrument, you should definitely try this product.

The grip is also excellent, which makes it an ideal choice for beginners. With its help, your bow won’t slide uncontrollably and you will be able to develop an improved cello performance. At the same time, it will make your cello respond rather fast, with minimum effort, so there are high chances you will enjoy this rosin.

16. Pirastro Cellisto Cello Rosin

Made especially for cellos, this rosin from Pirastro has all the chances to become your favorite type of rosin. The composition and aspect of the rosin are provided by the natural resins used for its making, together with several other selected ingredients. This way, the manufacturing company ensures an ideal quality and great response for your cello.

While it comes in a plastic holder, to make its use easy and convenient, the rosin is also wrapped in a soft cloth, as an additional protection method. This way, you will be able to enjoy rosin with a smooth surface at all times. The product is manufactured in Germany and you can be sure you’ll enjoy the quality that made Pirastro famous around the world.

17. Light 4 Pack for Cello Rosin

In case you want to have cello rosin that is easy to pack and carry around, this product can represent the ideal choice. The rosin comes as a set of 4 packs, each of them with its own protective case and small enough to fit inside a pocket. The viscosity of the resin is sufficiently high to offer a great grip of the bow.

At the same time, the production of dust is low. This rosin has a clear composition, which means that the level of impurities and dust is extremely low. It is suitable to be used together with metal and synthetic strings. Because it is a soft type of rosin, applying it and using the bow will become easy operations. Thus, it is a great option for beginners and students.

18. Sherman’s VP-01C Bow Rosin – Cello – Dark

This is the kind of cello rosin that will be recommended by teachers for those that are looking to acquire cello playing skills. The truth is that the price tag is accessible and the quality is more than fine, considering that it is a student-grade product. The rosin cake is also positioned in a wooden holder, which makes it easy to use.

The holder will be protected by a lid, so you will have no issues placing it in the pocket of your cello case. After all, you will need a piece of cello rosin no matter where you’ll take your instrument. Thus, if you are a cello student or beginner, this is one of the options you should have in mind.

19. Hidersine VP-036C Series VI Bow Rosin – Cello

You may have to pay a few extra dollars to enjoy the quality offered by this rosin, but you will not be disappointed by what it has to offer. Ideal for strings made out of steel, the cello will produce a velvety and rich tone each time you will use this rosin on your bow. The manufacturer of this rosin brags with the finesse of the ingredients and quality of the product.

So, if you want to make sure that you’ll use cello rosin that behaves well, this one can provide what you need. It comes packed in a box that is small enough to fit in your favorite cello bag. The box can also be closed, allowing you to keep the rosin properly protected.

20. Liebenzeller Larica Gold III, Cello Rosin Hard

We have to start by mentioning that this cello rosin is a metallic one. Made out of the resin of the larch tree, this rosin goes through a special treatment that adds various metals to its composition. Thus, when using on a cello, the produced tones will sound more alive and warmer. According to the manufacturer, the rosin allows it to offer a steady performance at all times.

Also, the dust produced by the resin is not significant, which reflects the quality of the product. With this cello rosin, your instrument should be able to produce round and balanced sounds. If metal rosin is what you’re looking for, this one is definitely a product you should take into consideration.


Considering that you need to use rosin in order to play a cello right, this option is more important than you may think. Its consistency and structure will determine the kind of tones your cello will produce. Violin and viola players tend to use a harder rosin, cello players a medium rosin, and the softest, stickiest rosins are used by bass players for the extra adhesion and grip on thick strings.

Also, there are rosins with a better grip than others. For beginners, rosin that is capable of providing a great grip is very important. Because you don’t have yet developed suitable skills for maneuvering the bow, rosin that will ensure a proper grip will make things easier. A good grip will mean that you will learn how to properly use a bow in a shorter period. Thus, yes, the rosin you choose can impact your learning process.

Of course, you will have to decide how much you are going to spend on cello rosin as well. Some are more affordable, while others may require a few extra bucks. Hopefully, the previous list will offer a wide range of options, so you can find the ideal rosin for your cello.

FAQ for Top Brands of Cello Rosin

What is the best type for cello of rosin?

Rosin is a substance that is used to give the bow a smooth glide across the strings. It is typically made from pine rosin, which can be found in most grocery stores. There are different types of rosin depending on what it is used for.

There are three main types of rosin: string, bow, and violin. String rosin is often used by cellists and violinists who need to apply it before they play or practice. Bow rosin is typically used by violinists and viola players who need to apply it before they play or practice. Violin rosin comes in two forms: liquid and solid.

Why do cellists use rosin?

Rosin is a type of adhesive used by musicians to hold the bow strings of their bows. It is made up of a mixture of various natural and synthetic resins, rosin compounds, and other ingredients that are typically found in tree sap.

Rosin is used for a variety of reasons like to avoid bow hair breakage, to make it easier for the musician to play smoothly, and improve sound quality.

How is rosin made for cello?

The process of rosin making is quite complex and it’s not a job for the faint of heart.

The rosin is made from the resin of pine trees that are harvested in the winter. The resin is then boiled in water to create a liquid. This mixture is then mixed with alcohol and heated to create vapor, which condenses into solid rosin.

What are the top brands of rosin for cello?

The top brands of rosin for cello are D’Addario, Lechner, and Rotosound. It is not surprising that these three brands have made it to this list because they offer high quality products with a great performance.

These three brands offer different types of materials – natural resins, synthetic resins, and beeswax.

What is the difference between violin rosin and cello rosin?

Violin rosin is the substance used by violinists to help them play their instruments. Cello rosin is what is used by cellists to help them play their instruments.

Both substances are made from the resin of pine trees, but violin rosin has a higher percentage of woody materials and a coarser texture than cello rosin.

How do you use cello rosin????

The best way to use cello rosin is to apply it to the bow hair before playing. You can also use it as a lubricant on your bow or even on the strings themselves if you are having problems with them slipping. You can also put some on your fingers and rub them together before playing if you are having problems with dampness or sweat getting into your fingers when you play.

What is the difference between synthetic and natural rosin for cello?

Synthetic rosin is a type of rosin that is made using chemicals instead of pine resin. It is more stable and has a longer shelf life than natural rosin.

Synthetic rosin on the other hand, has minimal pitch which means it can be used for shorter periods before it starts to lose its properties.

The difference between synthetic and natural rosin for cello can be seen in the amount of pitch in the resin. Natural resin has a greater amount of pitch, which means it can be used for longer periods before it starts to lose its properties.

Where can I buy of rosin for cello?

Rosin can be bought from many different sources. One of the most popular places to buy rosin for cello is online, especially on Amazon or eBay.

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