The Hidersine Company was owned by Robert Hirt from 1932 and set about building the Hidersine family of rosins into a global success story, with trademarks and patents registered in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. The company stayed in the Hirt family’s ownership until 1987, when it was bought by Barnes & Mullins Ltd – the musical instrument manufacturer and distributor founded in 1895 in London by Banjo playing, music hall duo Messrs Bowley Barnes and Albert Mullins.
After a six month transitional period, production of all Hidersine rosins and preparations was moved from the Hirt family’s original Croydon base, to Oswestry in Shropshire, the home of Barnes & Mullins’ manufacturing company.
In the late 1980s when W.E.Hill & Sons closed ‘Havensfield’, the Hidersine Company was approached to continue the manufacture of the famous Hill light and dark rosins, keeping true to the centuries-old recipe. With the Hill family’s violin-making featuring in the 17 th century diary of Samuel Pepys, it was imperative to ensure the continued availability of Hill rosin for the thousands of musicians across the globe that chose it to adorn the finest bow hair.
In more recent years, The Hidersine Company has used its considerable experience to source and refine many bowed instrument accessories such as the highly regarded range of Brazilwood, Pernambuco and Carbon Fibre bows, the Oxbury and Maesbury shoulder rests, and a range of class-leading protective cases.
Likewise, Hidersine Bowed Instruments draw upon our years of working with instrument luthiers, learning what is required by players at each level of development. From this experience has come the ESTA-favoured, entry-level Vivente student outfit; the advanced Piacenza student outfit; the degree student’s choice, the Veracini; and many more fine instruments. These models also led us to develop the Hidersine Reserve range of one-off instruments for the connoisseur: hand selected violins and cellos from workshops across Asia that represents both incredible value and exceptional craftsmanship.