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Curtin delivers Stanford University Physics Colloquium

Curtin delivers Stanford University Physics Colloquium

Joseph Curtin was invited by Stanford biophysicist Steven Block to give the February 3, 2015 physics colloquium. Curtin’s talk, “Can Stradivari’s Sound be Measured?” explores recent developments in the search for objective parameters for violin sound quality.

Curtin & Alf copy sets new world record

Curtin & Alf copy sets new world record

A Curtin & Alf copy of the c.1731 ‘Gibson-Huberman’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin has set a new world auction record for an instrument by a living maker. Built by Joseph Curtin and Gregg T. Alf in 1985 for Ruggiero Ricci, the violin sold at Tarisio in New York for $132,000 (including buyer’s premium). Ricci was living in Ann Arbor, MI, when Curtin & Alf set up shop there in 1985. He commissioned two more violins after the ‘Huberman’ copy, one being a copy of his Lorenzo Storioni, the second based on the ‘Haddock’ Guarneri del Gesu of 1734.