A treatise on seam repair by Barrie Kolstein Seams, by definition, are the glue joints where the top table and the back table are jointed and glued to the ribs. Seam openings are not what I consider a repair, but rather a normal maintenance on any instrument that is properly glued together with conventional water […]

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 is pleased to offer – on a limited basis – a special winter blend of our “Soft” grade Kolstein Bass Rosin. It is what we fondly call the Wiedoff blend. We pour only one batch of this rosin a year, and offer it as a Holiday Special blend, packaged in a Holiday Gift bag. […]

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 […]

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Percy Heath has been an unassuming advocate of the finest jazz art for seven decades. Barrie Kolstein pays tribute to a master.

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 […]