Save big on combining string sets: Combined Viola Strings
Pirastro Viola Strings: Evah Pirazzi, Obligato, Passione, Olive, Flexocor, Permanent, Eudoxa, Gold Label Wondertone, Tonica,
Chorda, Chromcor
Thomastik-Infeld Viola Strings: Dominant,
Spirocore, Vision, Vision Solo, Superflexible,
Jargar Viola Strings
D'Addario Viola Strings: Helicore, Zyex, Kaplan,
Pro Arte
Prim Viola Strings
Warchal: Brilliant Vintage, Karneol
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Leatherwood Bespoke Viola RosinLeatherwood Bespoke Viola Rosin

Leatherwood Bespoke viola rosin is the newest welcome addition for viola players and the reciple is very much designed with the viola's particular needs and character requirements, as opposed to just getting "violin" rosin.  Because the viola has a bigger body, different gauged strings and lengths and a heavier bow, a rosin that is slightly more supple and grabs more without covering or filtering the tone.  Yes, at first glance you quickly think, "What? $67 for rosin!?" It's worth it and we can already see players finding favor with it. 

The rosin comes in two choices of hardness: "Supple" or "Crisp".  Supple is slightly softer, whereas the Crisp is harder.  Whichever grade you choose, there are at least a couple of factors to consider.  What climate you live, the genre that y ou are playing and even the season or time of year you're playing in.  For winter time, with the colder, drier air, a softer, slightly more stick rosin will grab more.  In the summer, or for a climate that is typically warmer and more humid, the supple (softer) rosin might be too much grab, or might cover the sound/tone with too much rosin on your hair.  It's really about trial and error, as everyone and every instrument is different.  Still, this at least will give you and idea of how to approach it.
Leatherwood Viola Rosin
As the photos show, this isn't your everyday kind of cheap rosin that you normally pick up.  It was actually developed by a professional violinist in Australia.  Yes, it's $67, but it is a good, high grade quality rosin and will last a long time.  What players are liking is how the long trough (3.75") and width, completely covers a big swatch of hair and is so nice to apply to your bow.  The thick "leather" wrap is classy and really tends to keep the rosin safe in the event you drop it (not "if", but when!)

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Order here:  Leatherwood Bespoke Viola Rosin, $67


Manufacturer: Brands:
Combined Custom Sets for Viola You name it...we combine it!
Pirastro Viola Strings Evah Pirazzi, Passione, Obligato, Gold Label, Olive, Chorda, Eudoxa and Paranito and Tonica
Thomastik-Infeld Viola Strings Spirocore, (most popular are the C and G's!) Dominants,  Vision
Larsen Viola Strings Offered in light, medium, heavy gauge.
D'Addario Viola Strings Helicore, Kaplan and Prelude cello strings
Jargar Viola Strings Jargar Supremes, come in light, medium and heavy gauges.
Prim Offered in light, medium and orchestra heavy gauge.
Warchal Brilliant and Karneol  (These are new and getting popular.)

We also have some helpful and interesting links about individual string brands, comparisons and some practical related viola information to read: