Barrie Kolstein

Barrie Kolstein has proudly followed in his father’s footsteps as a noted authority, builder and restorer of fretted musical instruments. His father was an expert repairman and bow maker who opened Samuel Kolstein & Son Ltd. in 1943. Barrie grew up close by his father’s side watching his father work. After music studies that included bass lessons from Fred Zimmerman, Barrie returned to the shop to work along side his father. After taking over the business, Barrie expanded the company’s products to 10 lines and branched off into larger markets around the globe. Barrie continues to do what he loves and in the tradition of his father’s passion.


Interview Date:
February 28, 2008
Job Title:
President, Luthier
Samuel Kolstein and Sons

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