The Samuel Kolstein Violin Shop was founded by Samuel Kolstein in 1943 as a Violin and Bow making establishment. Original locations were in Brooklyn, New York, and later at 55th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City.
Mr. Samuel Kolstein was a primary bow restorer for the Wurlitzer establishment from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s accomplishing much bow repair, restoration, and duplication for the famed Wurlitzer’s “who’s who” clientele. Mr. Kolstein also conducted his own shop business of fine making and instrument restoration with an international staff of luthiers.
In 1958, Samuel Kolstein Violin shop relocated to Merrick, New York, on Long Island with Barrie Kolstein joining the shop in 1971. In 1974 the Kolstein shop reorganized forming two divisions.
The two companies had offices and facilities in Bellmore and Merrick, New York. In 1980 the Kolsteins relocated to their present address at 795 Foxhurst Road, Baldwin, New York. Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. has greatly expanded its staff and facilities since the relocation in 1980. An international staff of expert restoration artists, all working under the supervision of Barrie Kolstein, cater to the requirements of the upper echelon player as well as the demanding needs of the aspiring student.
Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. has made a commitment to Musical Education throughout the world, supporting youth orchestras, lecturing, and expanding our educational division under the guidance of Mr. Kolstein and Mr. Jacob Cralidis. In September 1999 Kolstein & Son, Ltd. opened a new facility, adjoining our present location, to house the newly expanded Kolstein Educational Division.
- Kolstein Music, Inc.
Kolstein Music, Inc., the parent corporate company of Samuel Kolstein & Son. Ltd., Violinmakers, was formed in 1974. It was the outcome of a developing product division stemming out of the Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. Violin shop. Kolstein Music, Inc. maintains all the product development and production of the Kolstein products. It is also concerned with the importation of string-related accessory products for international distribution. Kolstein Music, Inc. maintains its facilities in a three-building complex at 795 Foxhurst Road, Baldwin, NY 11510 USA, with a fourth new location to open shortly.When founded in 1974, the principals of the corporation were Samuel Kolstein and Barrie Kolstein. Presently, the corporation is under the control of Barrie Kolstein serving as owner and CEO of Kolstein Music, Inc. and Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. with a staff of 12 experts in violin restoration, marketing, and production.
- Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd.
The fine arts division dealing with sales, making, and restoration of string instruments and bows.