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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 […]

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 to restrict open and uncontrolled vibrations within the top and back table […]

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 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 as a Holiday Special blend, packaged in a Holiday Gift bag. […]

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 […]

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.