I know there have been some conflicting reports about the experience of auditioning basses at Kolstein's shop and I just want to say that I went over there today and Barrie couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I emailed ahead and called when I realized I might be late (no problem). Barrie let me play any bass in the shop and basically gave me a brief synopsis of every bass that was available up front and left me to my own devices. I've been there before so I knew to expect nice basses, set-up very nicely, but I found his current line-up of basses to be absolutely stunning. There seemed to be quite a bit in the 20-25K range and then more in the 35-50K range. The best bass in the shop for bowing was a Gagliano shop bass that was going for 50K. The all-time jazz winner was Arvell Shaw's enormous Prescott (the one played in the film High Society). Although these are fine basses and 20-50K is a lot of money for all of us, I must say that in general I found his prices to be pretty spot on. If you are in the market for a fine double bass don't pass up this shop, it's worth the trip. I also got to play his new travel bass which was pretty impressive as well.