Melos Rosin - Click on the
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Melos rosin is made in Chalkidiki, Northern Greece.
It is a high quality powder rosin that has found favour with a
growing number of top professional musicians throughout the world.
Yes - the Greek word Melos - literally translated
No nor did we. One normally associates the main
source of supply of rosin as other Europe countries - particularly
regions of France and Northern Europe - but the fact is that the
beautiful area around Chilkidiki is full of pine trees (Pinus halepensis)
that produce a very high quality resin. According to Greek archeologically
findings colophony has be extracted and used throughout the centuries
for a large variety of applications both specialized and in everyday
Not only are the ingredients that go into making
the rosin incredibly pure - the exact formulae has been developed
and extensively tested by Christios Sykiotis the founder and owner
and of the Melos Company. Christos's advantage over other rosin
produces is not only in the fact that has he been bought up in
the area and understands the pine trees but in the fact that he
was a professional freelance cellist and teacher for ten years.
This has allowed him to test, develop and improve the rosin in
live orchestral, solo performance and in teaching situations using
a variety of instruments and bows by different makers and strings
from different manufacturers.
Yes that's right. Melos rosin is available in "light" and "dark".
The light type is used more in high temperatures (spring or summer),
for "smooth" playing or for solo and chamber music. The
dark type is softer and more suited to low temperatures (autumn
or winter), for full-tone playing, in an orchestra, or for demanding
solo concerts. Obviously the choice also depends on the style,
requirements and preference of the musicians playing.
Yes the two different rosins can be mixed without
cleaning the bow hair or strings. This will allow the player to
produce a warm, full high quality sound at all times and in every
rehearsal, concert and climatic situation.
Yes that's correct. The rosin is made in small batches
- by hand - so as to preserve freshness. The small batch numbers
also ensure that the end product is "balanced" as there is total
control over the exacting standards of the rosin formulae.
Yes that's also correct. Melos rosin is made only
with pure ingredients.
Although Melos rosin is relatively new to the market
(since 2002) it has rapidly found favour with a growing number
of players. Here are some of the comments that we have heard;
- "I am pleased to say that Melos rosin gives me a really
precise feeling on the string".
- "The sound is very strong and pure, with excellent grip
but no scratch".
- "The rosin is excellent. It has the necessary grip, but
produces very little powder".
- "The quality and purity of sound that it allows is terrific".
- "The rosin has good "grab" without much dust".
- "I just love the feeling and contact that Melos rosin makes
with the string".
- "Melos rosin certainly brings out a luscious tone in my
- "It provides tremendous articulation, legatos are easy
and my sound is more brilliant".
- "The rosin is excellent. The quality is impressive and
- "I'm definitely going to recommend it to my colleagues"
The product is nicely packaged. The actual rosin
block is attached to a soft beige coloured dust cloth and there
is a soft nicely made fabric pouch that provides protection. There
is a small notice that accompanies the rosin that states; "The products
of Melos are all handmade. The imperfections that you may find
are the sign of craftsman's work, a symbol of the originality
of each piece and evidence that the rosins have not been subjected
to mechanical processes".
This is premium rosin. It guarantees a warm balanced
sound without strange noises during all kinds of bow playing (legato,
staccato, spiccato and ricochet). It also helps the player achieve
forte with no special effect or piano with reduced difficulty.
Weight including dust cloth: 34.0gms (ave)
Diameter of block: 5.3cm (ave)
Depth: 1.3cm (ave)