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 […]

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 […]