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Bernardel Rosin for Violin Viola or Cello

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The original Bernardel rosin, handmade in France. The famed luthier Gustave Bernardel invented his own recipe for rosin at the start of the 20th century – the secret has been passed down through generations. Bernardel rosin is still made by hand in single batches from the “galipot” – the first sap of the tree, taken from high-quality selected pine trees.

The result is a light-colored, dense rosin that allows strings to be bowed with clear and precise results. Ideal for play in any type of weather, season, temperature, or humidity; this rosin is considered to be one of the very best. Comes with a protective microfiber cloth and a velvety carrying pouch.


Bernardel Rosin - Amber for Violin Viola & Cello

Ratings & Reviews

11/29/2022 8:08 am

Bernardel Rosin

Great rosin. Not very sticky. It's good for violinists.

11/15/2022 8:18 pm

bernardel rosin

I have seen good reviews of this rosin online. It is good if you live in mild climates but it's not the best in dry, cold climates. This rosin is well packaged in a blue pouch. However, it may not fit in small cases like mine.

1/26/2021 9:52:00 am

Sounds Good

This seems to sound better on my violin than the dark rosins I have used. It's not too sticky, and not too slippery.

Elizabeth Williams
11/29/2018 5:44:00 am


Gives a nice bite without buildup. known alot of pros who used it. Dont let the look deceive you.

6/2/2018 6:28:00 pm

Deceptive Picture

I bought this rosin about a month ago. It is a nice quality but I was disappointed when I saw its color. I know that the item description says it is an Amber color, but I thought what I was getting would be the same color as the product pictured on the page. The rosin I got is much darker in color and I think this picture is a bit deceptive. Yes, the color of the rosin DOES matter in what sound you get out of the violin. Darker rosins are more sticky on your strings and cause a slightly scratchier sound than Light rosins, which have an appropriately lighter, smoother sound quality when in contact with the strings. At least, this is what my research has told me is true. Bernadel is a good label for any level players and I am overall glad to have bought the item. But please, at least show the real picture of what you are selling to people. I am a bit disappointed in Shar over this.

Dwight Brown
3/30/2017 3:17:00 am

Good Stuff

I have been experimenting with many different rosins since acquiring a new bow. This is rosin works very well, and is nicely packaged. It has the added benefit of being easy to clean off your instrument and bow.

11/29/2016 10:19:00 pm

Not for Dry Climates

I gave this rosin a try. And it is not for dry climates. I live in Wyoming, and if the humidity gets higher than 20% it's concidered a monsoon! I tried it with Passione, Passione-Solo, Visione, Dominat, Larsen, strings and the sound & tone was weak, hollow, very airy & scratchy. Dark rosins work great here but this didn't! I will say that it is virtualy dustless, and very consistant and in the heat it remained very stable! Would I recomend this rosin? YES! For someone in more humid climates!

10/14/2016 11:09:00 am

I used it because it was free.

My teacher gave me some because I was looking for a better rosin than what I had. During the humid summers around here, the rosin is okay, but consistently delivers a relatively weak sound. During the dry winters, this rosin is somewhat aggravating to use because it quite literally loses traction on the strings whenever you try to play with any kind of speed. Imagine tires slipping on patches of ice. Rosin was used on Larsen A and D strings, Permanent Pirastro G and C. However, I have had some violinist friends use it, and absolutely love it. I would not recommend this rosin for a cellist.

1/27/2014 4:48:00 am

Inconsistent quality rosin

I've had two of this, and also had a friend with this rosin, and what I've found over time was that the rosin is actually fairly inconsistent in color, and can be light and dark. Several years back, they used to only be dark, and the cloth case was also noticeably thicker. The tone is generally good, but the dark and light do sound different.

8/18/2011 8:29:00 am

The best rosin I've ever used!

I was using another far more expensive rosin when I visited a local luthier for a rehair. My bow came back sounding AMAZING, better than it's ever sounded after a rehair. I asked him what rosin he used and he handed me a cake of this. I tried it on my backup wooden and carbon fiber bows and again noticed a significant improvement in sound. I couldn't be happier!!!