Entries by Barrie Kolstein

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 to be one of the most difficult for vintage and contemporary basses I have […]

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 on any instrument that is properly glued together with conventional water […]

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 Venetian crafsman who is not thought of in the same vane, is truly a more contemporary maker […]

Kolstein’s Black Friday Specials

Kolstein’s Black Friday Preview Holiday Sale for the season, starting on Black Friday! Good till 12/24/2016 VIOLINS Liandro DiVacenza Model 40 Violin Outfit The instrument is a high quality, hand carved full size violin. It was setup in the Kolstein shop, and finished with a beautiful antiqued hand varnish. The instrument comes with a case […]

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 to receive the following testimonial from him about our Kolstein Violin Rosin: “I have been more than pleased with all […]

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 beautiful Regardless of the level of importance you place on the appearance of […]