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American-Born Violin Maker Michael Carlton Byrd Has Died – Aged 62

John & Arthur Beare Fine Violins has today announced the passing of their former colleague, American string instrument restorer and maker Michael Carlton Byrd – aged 62 from cancer.

A graduate of the Newark School of Violin Marking, Mr Byrd joined J&A Beare in the late 70s before commencing his own business in 1996.

He was widely respected as one of the eminent international experts in the field.

Our condolences are with his family, friends and colleagues.

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