This great orchestral doublebass was made by Barrie Kolstein for exhibition at the 2003 ISB convention in Richmond, VA. The consigning owner recently moved to the east cost and very reluctantly leaves this bass behind. Willow back and sides, Slab cut Fir two piece top, Flatback, Maple neck with large italianate scroll, Heavy brass single unit tuners, 1 15/16″ (5 cm) nut width, Ebony nut and thick fingerboard, Generous neck profile, 41 7/8″ (106.4 cm) string length, Kolstein adjustable bridge. Kolstein Ebony adjustable tailpiece, Kolstein endpin, Thinly applied antiqued dark reddish brown oil varnish, Flexocore strings.
Top length: 45 3/4″ (116.2 cm), Upper bout width 19 3/4″ (5-.2 cm), Middle bout width 16 1/8″ (41 cm), 25 1/8″ (63.8 cm), Depth at tail 9 5/8″ (24.4 cm), Depth at upper bout bend 8 3/4″ (22.2 cm), Depth at neck 5 7/8″ (14.9 cm).
The narrow lower bout and significant upper bout break angle make this bass very easy to play standing or on a stool. The Willow back and sides, slab cut Fir top, wide center bout, substantial neck and fingerbaord dimensions, and substantial top and back plate dimensions all contribute to the gigantic sound of this bass under a bow. It would be difficult to find another relatively new doublebass with a stronger orchestral presence. This instrument remains in pristine condition. With black Mooradian cover.