Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The lightweight violin by Joseph Curtin

This is the violin maker Joseph Curtin and this is his creation: The lightweight violin.

The violin design as we all know it has not been changed in about 500 years since it got perfected in the workshops of the italian masters. Mr. Curtin took the challenging task of redefining the design, materials and construction of a new kind of violin, the lightweight violin. 
Recently I visited him in his workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I must tell you it was a unique experience. I am a professional violinist and have always been very interested in violin making. I just love to try, experiment new instruments and meet the wizards behind such wonderful singing beauties. During the brief tour I saw in a cabinet this violin sitting and I asked if I can try it. 
The second I played it I was hooked. I honestly can say this instrument gives me the best sound I've ever experienced in 25 years of playing the violin. The volume, responsiveness, evenness and tone is just stunning. I feel very lucky to have the privilege to play on such a wonder of an instrument and I cannot wait to share it with the world. 
You can find more detailed info regarding the technical characteristics and principles behind the construction of this instrument by searching online: Joseph Curtin lightweight violin or just by going to the website: www.josephcurtinstudios.com