Although steel strings heralded a new era of bass playing, they were not without their problems. Barrie Kolstein examines the effect they had on the instrument’s structure Throughout its life, the double bass has undergone numerous periods of structural change, especially in contemporary times. The largest and most important transition, however, occurred in the late-1950s […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]