Choosing an Instrument...

  Several times in the past I have been asked to lecture on the difficult process of buying an instrument. Obviously, choosing a new or older instrument to add to one’s collection or to replace an existing instrument, is a very…
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Climate Control

IN THE THIRTY-PLUS YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN professional instrument repair, the winter 2002/3 season proved to be one of the most difficult for vintage and contemporary basses I have ever encountered. This observation is based upon…
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Summer Maintenance!

The aesthetics of an instrument should play a small part in the quality of an instrument, however, in the true scope of a fine instrument the ideal scenario is to have one that possesses the following qualities: .......plays with spectacular…

Taking Care- Barrie Kolstein discusses soundpost adjustments

The soundpost is an integral part of any stringed instrument. It serves multiple purposes on the bass: as a structural device to support the top, a vehicle to transfer longitudinal vibrations from the top plate to the back table, and as a mechanism…

On the Question of Humidification

With the winter season upon us, the question of how to protect your instrument from damaging adverse climatic conditions is a topic often discussed. In forty plus years that I have been involved in my profession, this winter season has proven…

The Opening and Closing Act

A treatise on seam repair by Barrie Kolstein Seams, by definition, are the glue joints where the top table and the back table are jointed and glued to the ribs. Seam openings are not what I consider a repair, but rather a normal maintenance…

Barrie Kolstein on Luigi Chiericato

When pondering the great master Bass makers of Venice, Italy, those that come to mind are the master craftsman synonymous with Matteo and Francesco Goffriller, Dominic Busan and Dominic Montagnana. The maker Luigi Chiericato, a much lesser known…

Kolstein’s Limited Edition Winter Bass Rosin

Kolstein’s is pleased to offer – on a limited basis – a special winter blend of our “Soft” grade Kolstein Bass Rosin. It is what we fondly call the Wiedoff blend. We pour only one batch of this rosin a year, and offer it…

An amazing testimonial...

Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike. It's for that reason that we're so pleased…

Welcome to the new Kolstein.com

In celebration of our new website, we're offering a 5% discount on all online purchases through September 1st, 2016.  (not to be combined with any other offers.) Simply enter kolstein5 in the coupon area upon checkout.  …

Gentleman of Jazz

Percy Heath has been an unassuming advocate of the finest jazz art for seven decades. Barrie Kolstein pays tribute to a master.

Visual Impact

In principle, the aesthetics of a bass should play a small part in assessing its overall quality. However, if most of us were to describe our ‘dream’ bass, it would probably possess the following: Spectacular tone An asset to my playing Aesthetically…

Turin Makes

Barrie Kolstein admires a bass by J.B. Guadagnini, and examines the maker behind the instrument. TONAL MAGNIFICENCE, FLUIDITY OF WORKMANSHIP AND beautiful aesthetics are all synonymous with the revered master Joannes Baptista Guadagnini. He…

Band of Brothers

BARRIE KOLSTEIN investigates a wonderfully preserved example of Antonio and Raffaele Gagliano’s work PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK MARSHALL The Gagliano family of violin makers in Naples, Italy spanned many generations and heavily influenced the…