Formula 1 Violin-making
The Joseph Curtin Ultralight is designed to optimize your playing under the most challenging conditions. It weighs less than a traditional instrument for the same reason a Formula 1 car weighs less than your car: Performance. The ultralight’s reduced vibrating mass and state-of-the-art acoustical design give it a superbly malleable voice of operatic intensity. Articulation is rapid. Projection is effortless.
Need to blend in?
Color coded micro-mutes allow you to incrementally mellow the timbre to best fit a particular ensemble or a particular piece of music, or simply to avoid tiring your ear during long hours of practice.
The effective length of the soundpost and its position in relation to the bridge can be quickly and safely adjusted – entirely from outside the instrument. The string-heights above the fingerboard can be changed in seconds by means of a key inserted at the base of the neck. These and other innovations let you keep your Ultralight in optimal adjustment, even when you’re a continent away from the nearest violin shop.
The treble side of the Ultralight’s fingerboard is subtly widened and recurved along its upper reaches to give you unprecedented security in high positions. The integrated chinrest is custom built to your specifications. It can be as low or as high as you like. The sheer lightness of the instrument makes it a joy to pick up.
The Ultralight is built to resist the kind of damage that is almost inevitable with traditional instruments. The ultralight bridge is built to last for centuries: It will not warp, nor will the strings dig into their grooves. The abrasion resistant surface of the fingerboard can, in case of eventual wear, be peeled off and replaced. The chinrest assembly is held in place entirely by string tension, meaning there are no metal clamps to dent the top or distort the ribs. Strategically placed veneers prevent the soundpost and bridge from denting or cracking the top. A host of less obvious innovations ensure long-term structural and tonal stability.
Give one a try
Currently in the final stages of development, the Ultralights should be ready for trial by the summer of 2018. Please contact us if you are interested.