Introducing the Joseph Curtin Ultralight
Ultralights weigh less than traditional instruments for the same reason a Formula 1 car weighs less than your car. Performance. Low-density woods together with state-of-the-art acoustical design give the Ultralight an exquisitely malleable voice of operatic intensity. Play one and you will be heard.
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 to simply avoid tiring your ear during long hours of practice.
You can change the string-heights above the fingerboard by inserting a key into the base of the neck. You can equally easily change the centering of the fingerboard beneath the strings. 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, giving you unprecedented security in high positions. The integrated chinrest is custom built to your specifications, and can be as low or as high as you like. Shortened corners and open C-bouts leave plenty of room for the bow. 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 bridge will not warp, nor will the strings dig into their grooves. The fingerboard has an abrasion resistant surface that can be removed and replaced in case of eventual wear. The chinrest assembly does away with the metal clamps that so often damage the top and ribs. Strategically placed veneers prevent the soundpost and bridge from digging into and eventually cracking the top. A host of less obvious innovations ensure long-term structural and tonal stability.
Now available on commission
Ultralights are available on commission for introductory prices starting at $24,000 for violin, and $26,000 for viola. If you are interested in giving one a try, please contact us.