Joseph Curtin builds instruments to meet your needs in the most demanding musical contexts, from auditions and competitions to solo recitals and concertos. Violins and violas may be available for immediate purchase. Otherwise, one can be built for you on a commission basis. Please contact us if you’d like to try an instrument, discuss a commission, or visit the studios. Note that we deal only with instruments by Joseph Curtin, or by Curtin & Alf.
Prices & Availability
The base price for a traditional violin or viola is currently $48,000. Ultralights start at an introductory price of $24,000. When available, an instrument can be sent to you for trial anywhere within the continental United States. We ask that you provide a credit card number to cover the cost of shipping to you via FedEx Standard Overnight service. We will cover the cost of returning the instrument.
Practically speaking, a commission may be the best way to find an instrument that suits your particular needs. Our process is simple and without risk. First, a conversation with Joseph Curtin lets him know in detail what you are looking for. A $1000 down payment then secures the price and a delivery date. The balance is due upon completion of the instrument. If for any reason you are unhappy with it, return it within 60 days for a full refund in a further 60 days.
Joseph Curtin offers a free initial checkup and adjustment, then a long-term commitment to keeping your instrument in its best voice. Should you ever decide to part with it, we can sell it on your behalf on a consignment basis. We ask a 20% sales commission plus the cost of any work needed to bring the instrument into optimal condition.
Joseph Curtin is happy to help with tonal adjustments, maintenance, and repairs. To this end, each instrument comes with a specially designed shipping case and box, making it safe and convenient to get it back to us. For details, see Shipping an Instrument. Please note that it is not always possible to do adjustments or maintenance at short notice, so do contact us ahead of time to schedule the work.
We provide free insurance appraisals in digital form. As values tend to go up over time, it is worth updating coverage every few years. If you’d like a new appraisal, please let us know your current contact information and the serial number on the label of your instrument. If you wish to ship your instrument back to us for maintenance, check that your policy covers loss or damage during transit. If you are trying one or our instruments, it is covered by our policy while it is in your possession and in transit (no need to purchase extra insurance from FedEx).