John Grillo of classicalmusicnews.tv (and our regular co-host on the Contrabass Conversations podcast network) and I interviewed Barrie Kolstein of Kolstein Music, Inc. and Kolstein & Son, Ltd. Barrie is a legend in the double bass community, running the prestigious Kolstein shop on Long Island for the past several decades after taking over the reins from his father Samuel Kolstein.
This was an absolutely wonderful interview. Barrie takes us back in time to the early 20th century with stories of Barrie’s father Samuel, Fred Zimmermann, and the vibrant post-World War II New York City double bass scene in this interview. He also covers the various iterations of the Kolstein shop, from its early mid-town Manhattan location to its relocation to Long Island and eventual home in the community of Baldwin, New York.
We also discuss Barrie’s own instruments, the double bass market and consequences of the continuing rise in price of older instruments, plus many of the Kolstein line of products, from the flight case to Kolstein rosin production and much more. We will be releasing this interview the weekend of March 14th, so stay tuned!
Learn more about the Kolstein shop at www.kolstein.com.