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 […]

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 was, and is still considered to be, one of the most talented and influential luthiers of the 18th century. The chronology […]

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 Neapolitan school of making from around 1700 until the latter half of the 19th century. High quality workmanship was synonymous with the […]