Byron E. Beebe violin, France/Michigan 1910
Byron Beebe was an early twentieth century US maker based in Michigan, who is credited with up to 300 instruments. Some of them, including this example, appear to have been imported from Europe, and finished and labelled by Beebe, rather than being his own work. Although the violin makers’ dictionaries give Germany as the likely source, the varnish, edge work, modelling and construction methods used on this instrument point to a French origin. The tone is warm, clear and characterful across all registers, with an attractive throatiness on the middle strings.