One of the greatest aspects of being a bass player is getting to know other bassists. I can't think of a more interesting and eclectic group of people. Whenever I meet another bass player I am greeted with instant friendship and of course some joking around. It must be the bond of hauling around an attention grabbing instrument...no it's not a "big guitar" and "no, I reeeeeally dont wish I played the piccolo." This is an instrument that can be easily hid behind, yet players choose to attempt ridiculous musical endeavors that other instrumentalists deem impossible. In this case, the impossible lies with keeping one's rosin from drying out. Uhhh, what?"
At this point there are a few things that I must disclose. 1. I have to have fresh rosin and it has to be Pop's. 2. I put the purchase date on the bottom of my new rosin, so I can keep track of how long it takes until it dries out. 3. I only buy rosin directly from the manufacturer at bassrosin.com.
Ok, so where is all of this rosin talk going?
One of my closest double bass friends from grad school has invented Rosin Saver. Jordan Scapinello has always been a clever guy, so it is no surprise to me that he has come up with this unique invention. As indicated on his website, rosinsaver.com, it's time for those of us with stale rosin to "get a grip". It's been about a month and I am still enjoying my rosin as though I just popped open a fresh cup.
Here's a quick look inside...
Not only does Rosin Saver work, but it looks great and is a super fun gadget. I've also used it on numerous occasions as a conversation piece with other members of the orchestra. Yup, pretty stinkin' nerdy.
Jordan also makes amazing double bass bows. I've been playing on one of his bows for over a year and I couldn't be more pleased. He has a long waiting list, but it is worth the wait!