Entries by Barrie

Evolution or Revolution? By: Barrie Kolstein

Although steel strings heralded a new era of bass playing, they were not without their problems. Barrie Kolstein examines the effect they had on the instrument’s structure Throughout its life, the double bass has undergone numerous periods of structural change, especially in contemporary times. The largest and most important transition, however, occurred in the late-1950s […]

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 individual procedure, but there are some objective criteria that should be considered during this […]

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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 an extremely high incidence of damage occurring in the form of simple seam openings, top table […]

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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 tonal qualities. …….is designed with a playing facility that makes the instrument a true functional […]