SALE PENDING: Samuel Kolstein Registered German Double Bass Bow


Samuel Kolstein German Double Bass Bow – #571

The curvature at the tip shows off the superb craftsmanship that went into making this bow.  The taper is smooth and elegant and the many fine details that were paid meticulous attention to make this bow elegant as well as incredibly well balanced and responsive.

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Samuel Kolstein Registered German Double Bass Bow – #571

Zimmermann Model
Made in New York

From the workshop of  Kolstein Music, Inc. and Kolstein & Son, Ltd

Samuel Kolstein was largely self-taught as a violin and bow maker. He concentrated on bows producing over 2,000 in various grades.

This particular bow, stamped #571 was made in 1982. It is a nice Zimmerman Pfretzschner swan-head model bow that Samuel worked with Fred Zimmerman to develop in the early 1960s.  It is both superbly crafted and elegant.  It feels very light and natural and is amazingly responsive and articulate.  The attention to detail in its workmanship makes this bow a work of art.  Even just the look of the frog is downright sexy!

Details of the Samuel Kolstein German Double Bass Bow:

  • Maker: Samuel Kolstein
  • Style: German
  • Stick: Pernambuco Round to Bevel
  • Frog/Button: Ebony
  • Slide: Mother of Pearl
  • Ferrule: Silver
  • Tip: Mastadon
  • Measurements: Length of Hair- 21 3/8″, Length of Stick- 27″, Overall Length- 29 3/8″, Balance Point- 8″
  • Weight: 139 gms


As with all bows that contain any ivory in the frog or tip, we do not recommend you travel outside the country.  Ivory is a restricted resource.

Purchase Trials are available for a seven-day period on bows priced $1,500 and over. Exceptions for other bows can be made by special request, depending on location, etc. For more information regarding our Purchase Trials, please call us at+1 (860) 535-9399. Bows returned from Purchase Trial subject to a 10% processing fee.

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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