The death has been announced by violin specialists J&A Beare of Michael Carlton Byrd, who maintained and repaired instruments for thousands of players. He worked at Beares for over 20 years, setting up on his own in 1996.
Among the violins that he made, one was owned by Yehudi Menuhin.
Michael was 62. He died of lung cancer, though he was a non-smoker.
The cellist Jacob Shaw writes:
He was a friend of many many many top musicians in the UK and looked after all our instruments – very highly respected both as restorer and a person.