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Emily Grossman

It Kisses My Strings

November 13, 2011 at 5:25 AM

My dog Ben and I walk to the top of the hill by our house to get the mail every day. The sun peeks low through the branches as we go. Usually, I let him carry the contents of the mailbox home, but not today. Today, I clutched a little box tightly into my parka and half-jogged back down the hill to the house. It's here! Baker's rosin is finally here! You have to sign up to get on the wait list for their fresh batch, and they only make it when the trees are in season. (A large part of me wants to keep it hush-hush because I want them all to myself, but Mamma taught me not to be selfish.)

Wiping my bow from its previous rosin application, I swiped a few strokes across the hairs and gave it a go. The review?

Baker's rosin kisses my strings? But yes, that's exactly what my spiccato felt like! All the crackles and hisses in my tone that I thought were technical issues went away, just like that. It is sooo romantic! I'm in love...

From Courtland Bates
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM
Your rosin d'ĂȘtre, eh? ;-)
From Cyril Millendez
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM
I've never used their rosin before, but that pretty box makes me want to put my name on their mailing list. :)
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 7:10 PM
It's the real deal.
From Dominick Reynoso
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Quite the experience. I've heard only the best of Baker's!

From Randy Walton
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Hi Emily,

I trust your review more than all those testimonials on Baker's website. If you don't mind telling, what did it cost? Do they deliver mail on Sunday in AK?

I'm an avid fan of your blogs,btw, and your students are very fortunate to have you for their teacher and mentor. You truly care for them, as evidenced by your blog about the un-named slacker.

Best to you,

From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Thanks, Randy! I have determined that Tom Baker is in fact a superhero, fighting forces of evil, one bow stick at a time. I paid $22 plus shipping, and I wish I'd gotten two. And no mail on Sunday; I wrote this blog yesterday evening, but our Saturday ends later than yours. :)
From Betsey Karako
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 4:09 AM
Yes!! I've been wanting to get an extra-special thank-you gift for my teacher and this sounds perfect! I am totally signing up for the mailing list. Oh and P.S. I love reading your blogs, Emily. You write so well and I get so excited every time I see a new post of yours! :)
From Ray Randall
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 5:44 AM
I won't use anything else after trying Baker's last year. Far superior to anything else. I've gotten to know Tom Baker, he's an expert rosin maker and the real deal. The only other rosin that comes very close is Melos. Read the story of rosin making on Baker's website, it's a major eye opener.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 7:11 AM
Yes, go to the website and see a family that takes pride in what they do.

Betsey, I'm glad you enjoy my posts, and thanks for telling me!

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