SOLD: Kolstein Double Bass from the Samuel Kolstein & Son Workshop

Nicely maintained Kolstein double bass, Orchestra Model from 1991, fully carved with gamba corners and flat back.


Kolstein double bass with gamba corners and flat back.

Their “Orchestral Model” Kolstein double bass, from the Samuel Kolstein & Son workshop in Baldwin, New York, completed 1991. Maple back and sides with a deep brownish amber varnish.

Fairly compact classic design and solid Kolstein double bass execution, with a deep strong voice and excellent response.  Rib bumpers.

Kolstein Double Bass Measurements:

  • Upper Bout: 20.5”
  • C Bout: 14.5”
  • Lower Bout: 25.75”
  • Rib Depth: 6.5 – 8”
  • Length of Body: 42”
  • String Length: 41”
  • Weight: 22.4lbs.
  • Neck: Eb

The Samuel Kolstein Violin Shop was founded by Samuel Kolstein in 1943 as a Violin and Bow making establishment. Original locations were in Brooklyn, New York and later at 55th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City.

Mr. Samuel Kolstein was a primary bow restorer for the Wurlitzer establishment from the late 1940’s through the mid 1950’s accomplishing much bow repair, restoration, and duplication for the famed Wurlitzer’s “who’s who” clientele. Mr. Kolstein, also conducted his own shop business of fine making and instrument restoration with an international staff of luthiers.

In 1958, Samuel Kolstein Violinshop relocated to Merrick, New York, on Long Island with Barrie Kolstein joining the shop in 1971. In 1974 the Kolstein shop reorganized forming two divisions:

  • Kolstein Music, Inc.
    The parent corporation and manufacturing division that specializes in Kolstein product development, manufacturing, and worldwide distribution.
  • Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd.
    The fine arts division dealing with sales, making, and restoration of string instruments and bows.

The two companies had offices and facilities in Bellmore and Merrick, New York. In 1980 the Kolsteins relocated to their present address at 795 Foxhurst Road, Baldwin, New York.

Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world-class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.

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