Light vs. Dark Rosin; Violin, Viola, or Cello

In the world of rosin for bows there are two types of rosin–Light and Dark. Similar in pricing, what’s the difference between the two rosins? I’m so glad you asked. Let’s dive into that a little.

Rosin is, essentially, tree sap–it’s resin collected from pine and conifer trees that, when applied to the bow of an instrument, allow for friction between the bow and strings, which results in the vibration of the strings and sound.

Light rosin is a denser and less sticky, which makes it better for warmer and hotter climates, like the southern United States.

Dark rosin is a less dense rosin, and much stickier than light rosin which makes is great for dry and cold climates like here in New Hampshire!

We would recommend dark rosin if you live up here, but either will work for your instrument. Next time you’re in the store, ask to try some of our sample rosin and feel the difference.

Elixir Strings – Polyweb vs. Nanoweb

Elixir strings are the long-lasting, coated guitar string that dominates the market. Elixirs boast “a microscopically thin, advanced polymer tube that surrounds the string to protect it from corrosion and dirt without making any contact whatsoever with the critical area between the windings where the “critical zone of tone” is found and each perfect note is born.” But, there are two different “flavors” of Elixir strings; Polyweb or Nanoweb.

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The prefix “poly” comes from Ancient Greek, meaning “many,” and “nano” means “extremely small.” These definitions are dead-on. The polyweb strings have multiple coatings of the Elixir Formula, while the nanowebs have only one. Different feel, different tone, and different life spans help decide which string you want to use! Both polyweb and nanoweb strings come in Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze, allowing you to customize your tone even more.

So, next time you’re changing your strings, give the Elixirs a try! You never know, you might find your new sound!

Hosa Edge Series Cables

One of our brands with the most in-store inventory consistently is Hosa Cables. If you’ve tried any of their cables, you know why we love them; great quality at a price that almost anyone can afford. Although we commonly stock the “Pro” line of cables from them, you may have noticed a few from a different line of theirs–the “Edge” line.

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What makes Hosa’s “Edge” line cables different from other cables? Let’s dive in.

  • 20 AWG Oxygen-free copper
  • 6-Layer cord for protection and longevity
  • Neutrix AG connectors

With an oxygen-free environment we reduce the risk of oxidization in your cable immensely. A beefy cable, and solid, lightweight, tough connectors pair together to make the Hose “Edge” cables great for the studio or on the road. To checkout their cool diagrams, or to learn more about the “Edge” line, click here!

 

Ernie Ball Cobalt Guitar Strings

Artists like Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jason Richardson, and The Ride’s Kenny Wayne Sheperd are using Ernie Ball’s Cobalt strings. But why?

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The Cobalt strings are wound with cobalt, instead of the standard nickel, which is a more conducive alloy. What does that mean? It means that cobalt has a  “stronger relationship” with the magnetic field that our pickups create. This gives us “an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.”

Try them out next time your electric guitar needs some strings!!!

For all versions of Cobalt strings available, visit their website–We can special order strings just for you.