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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.
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.
Can violinists tell the difference between a Stradivari and a new violin? Which would they choose for a concert tour? Film-maker Stefan Avalos documents a remarkable study led by scientist Claudia Fritz and violin-maker Joseph Curtin.