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Liebenzeller Metall-Kolophonium Gold V1-H Rosin

Liebenzeller Metall-Kolophonium Gold V1-H Rosin - Click on the image for a larger view.

Liebenzeller Metall-Kolophonium Gold V1-H Rosin

Hmm... Liebenzeller Rosin. I've heard of the name - but don't know that much about it.

Yes - It would appear that relatively little is known about the company that makes the rosin, relatively little is known about the methods of production and relatively little is seen in terms of advertising and marketing of the brand. In fact it seems that the Liebenzeller range of rosins are probably the best kept secret within the rosin market. More importantly - it seems that it is also the best kept secret amongst the players who have heard about it and have been lucky enough to have found some on the market to use.

So you could say that finding it and using it is rather like striking gold.

Yes - exactly. We do know that the rosin is made using an incredibly pure larch (Larix Europoea) resin. During production - various metals are added that give the rosin special properties which allow instruments to sound warmer, brighter and livelier. The V1-H has gold dust and honey extract added to the recipe to make this the least-hard of the range produced and therefore - the one most suitable for use with the double bass.

Why didn't you say that it is the softest in the range?

Well because - this being a powder rosin the range is produced in grades of hardness with 1 and 11 being suitable for violin, 111 recommended for viola, 1V for cello, V for violone and the V1 recommended for bass. Within the six grades of hardness are rosins available that use seven different metal additives to make eight different types of rosin. The types of rosin are pyrite, meteoric iron, tin, copper, silver, lead, silver-lead and gold. Which type the player chooses - depends not only on the instrument - but on the quality of tone desired and the manner of playing. Many players use several sorts - alternating them according to the style and period of works to be played as well as to the size of the hall and it's acoustics.

Tell me more about the Gold rosin.

The six gold rosins are probably the most versatile of the range. They produce a full, round and warm tone that is well balanced with clarity and brilliance. The gold elements in the "less-hard" grade V1 - help to soften and refine the sound.

Why is Liebenzeller rosin so much more expensive than anything else available on the market?

Well yes - the price does rather tend to sober one up a bit - especially when you see just how small the actual rosin block is, you see just how basic the packaging is and you learn that the rosin doesn't even come attached to a dust cloth or cloth pouch. But then - you must have heard of the saying - "Good things come in small packages" - and by-golly this is so true when it comes to the Liebenzeller V1-H.
The stuff is absolute dynamite on the bow.

Have you had any player feedback about the V1-H

Yes - here are a few comments;

  1. An absolutely fantastic rosin.
  2. The rosin gives me a lot of contact between the bow and the string without producing surface noise.
  3. The V1-H has definitely enhanced my sound. It now has so much more carrying power than my last rosin and it is much more warm and rounded. I love it.
  4. I tried the rosin for the first time the other day while rehearsing Mozart's Per Questa Bella Mano - and I have to say that both the singer and I were mighty-impressed with the colour, clarity and substance that it gave to my performance. I have been converted!
  5. I have used the V1-H now for one and a half years and it is without question the best bass rosin in existence.
  6. I'm definitely impressed by the way my bow grips the string without any feeling of stickiness or excessive dust.
  7. Our super-sensitive Sennheiser microphones were unable to pick up any surface noise in recording.
  8. The stuff is absolutely amazing.
  9. The large variety of tonal colours that the V1-H produces is quite remarkable.

Are there any other benefits to using the V1-H?

Yes - although the actual rosin block is probably the smallest "full-size" block of bass rosin on the market - it is reassuring to know that it must only be used sparingly. This means that providing you don't drop it or it gets stolen - the block will last a very, very long time. Another benefit is that the rosin is highly resistant to variations in temperature and humidity.

When was the rosin first developed?

Development of the rosin first started in 1922 in Vienna by Ludwig Kremling - a friend of the violin maker and inventor Dr Franz Thomastic. Kremlin's influence for the "metal-rosins" were based on the human arts findings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) - the remarkable Austrian philosopher, literary scholar, educator and social thinker. Following the death of Kremling in 1967 - the research continued at the Goetheanum in Dornach, near Basel, Switzerland and then in 1972 it transferred to the Tycho Brahe laboratory in Bad-Liebenzell. Bad Liebenzell is a small spa town located 38km from Stuttgart amongst the pine forests of the beautiful Nagold river valley in the Northern part of the Black Forest reigion of Germany. For years the testing and refining of the rosin - together with musicians - went on almost continuously. The end results are a rosin which satisfies the highest demands.

When I use the rosin are there any recommendations.

Yes - when using Liebenzeller for the first time - the hairs of the bow should be thoroughly cleaned with a cloth. Thereafter - both hair and strings should be cleaned more frequently and thoroughly than usual.

There is a rumour going around that Liebenzeller is no longer being produced. Is that true?

At the moment - we are not quite sure on the answer to that one. What we do know is that the main suppliers of the rosin have told us that it is "no longer available". If this amounts to the same thing - then in the very short term Liebenzeller will become a very rare commodity indeed. As a consequence - prices for any of the last few blocks that remain in the few shops that sell them - could very soon cost a lot more.

Summary:

Liebenzeller Gold V1-H may well be minimalistic in terms of the actual block size, the packaging and in the way it is presented. What is not minimalistic - is the performance that it provides. If you really care about how you sound and you want the very, very best - then this is definitely the rosin of choice.

Stats:
Block type: Round in aluminium foil
Weight of block: 23.0gms (ave)
Diameter of block: 3.9cm (ave)
Depth: 1.8cm (ave)

Liebenzeller Metall-Kolophonium Gold V1-H Price: UK£ 38.00

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