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 […]

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 […]

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 […]