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!

John Pearse Guitar Strings

You may have seen these strings on the wall, but why do we carry them? There are a few reasons John Pearse strings our among our employee favorites.Image result for john pearse logo

John Pearse strings are wound under higher tension when they’re made. This causes the strings to really bring out the sound in your dreadnought guitar, whereas other strings may not yield as rich middles and full lows. Many of our local players (like manager John Cotter, Employee Ryan Williamson, and local player Peter Heimlich) use these strings because of their consistancy, and yielding sound. An added bonus is that when you buy John Pearse strings you’re not only supporting you’re favorite music store (hey, that’s us!), but another small company as well-Breezy Ridge Instruments.

From sound, cost, consistency, and ethics, John Pearse strings are a great buy, and it’s no wonder so many locals love them.

For more information on John Pearse strings and other products, ask us in store about the many products we carry from them, or checkout their website at https://www.jpstrings.com/index.htm