Entries by Barrie Kolstein

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 Black Friday Specials

Kolstein’s Black Friday Preview Holiday Sale for the season, starting on Black Friday! Good till 12/24/2016 VIOLINS Liandro DiVacenza Model 40 Violin Outfit The instrument is a high quality, hand carved full size violin. It was setup in the Kolstein shop, and finished with a beautiful antiqued hand varnish. The instrument comes with a case […]

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 […]

Visual Impact

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 […]

Turin Makes

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 […]

Band of Brothers

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 […]