The bass bar in a a string instrument is an essential link in the transmission of string vibrations to the top of the instrument. Vibrations travel through the bridge and into the top and the bass bar, centered under the bass foot of the bridge. Each time the bridge rocks back and forth, the bass bar also moves up and down. By lowering the mass of the bass bar by 50% while retaining its other factors, the Krentz bass bar is much more efficient. Energy transmitted to the bass bar is not eaten up by moving unnecessary mass.
Play quieter with greater control
Play louder and work less
Shape your phrases with greater control
Strings respond immediately
Fast passages are crystal clear
All bow strokes are easier
Sports cars have more horsepower per pound of car to move than conventional cars. That is what makes them fast and handle so well. By lowering the amount of mass that must be moved before the instrument speaks, K. Michael Krentz instruments are faster and handle better than conventional instruments. This translates to making your music more dynamic. Leaving you inspired by your instrument to push the limits.
Krentz String Works began ten years ago as a conversation between respected cellist, Dr. Kevin Krentz, and well-known luthier, Robert Brewer Young. Kevin needed a great modern cello from a master maker with a balanced approach to all the facets of fine instruments, and Robert needed a great cellist with wide experience and a talent for turning adjectives into practical feedback on his already celebrated modern instruments. Thus began a beautiful and industrious friendship.
Kevin, who had already invented his magnetic-field method of driving the strings of instruments to play them in, challenged Robert to push the cello further than players even expect by both interpreting current research together as well as collaborating on their own. He provided Robert with the insights and exacting demands of a soloist while Robert offered Kevin years of intense study of the finest instruments ever made and the modern cello that he continues to enjoy today. They shared the desire to create a paradigm changing instrument through a logical blend of past masters and new thinking. Robert continues to create outstanding cellos that are in the hands of professional players all over the world. Kevin continues his work that often challenges that ranges from of how cellos function and even cello technique with a focus on practical experimentation while inventing unique and powerful tools to address the needs of makers and working musicians.
Founder, Krentz String Works, www.KrentzStringWorks.com
Artistic Director, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, www.MethowMusicFestival.org
Cello Professor, Seattle University, www.SeattleU.edu
Cellist, Finisterra Piano Trio, www.Finisterra.org
Trial period is 10 days.
Our instruments are shipped in Krentz String Works hard cases to protect them. The case is available for purchase.
If you want to send the instrument back after 10 days, ship back at your expense, following industry tradition.
If you decide to keep the instrument, you can also decide to purchase the case, or to ship the case back to us.