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Dean Brown

M. Halverson Violin

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I have what I have told is a violin made my M. Halverson

(it has the initials "MH" inside dated 1961. I am

wondering if this violin maker is still making instruments

and what others he has made. It has a great sound

and seems to be very well constructed. Has anyone

ever heard of this violin maker?

Thanks,

Dean

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It is possible that your violin was made by Anders Enfreid Halvarson who was born in Sweden in 1900, moved to the US in 1924 and died in Nashville, MI in 1972. In 1929, he was the co-founder with William Meyers of the firm "MEYERS & HALVARSON" Although he was more famous as a bow maker, he also made more than 100 Strad model violins. Used own red oil varnish. Labeled "Meyers-Halvarson." Also made student-grade instruments, which were actually pre-carved imports, on which a commercial spirit varnish was used. These were not numbered.

An experienced violin dealer should be able to tell you if yours is an authentic handmade violin with an oil varnish or a student grade instrument with a commercial varnish.

Jack

: I have what I have told is a violin made my M. Halverson

: (it has the initials "MH" inside dated 1961. I am

: wondering if this violin maker is still making instruments

: and what others he has made. It has a great sound

: and seems to be very well constructed. Has anyone

: ever heard of this violin maker?

: Thanks,

: Dean

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It is my understanding that Halverson took apart violins made by others and totally rebuilt them. I live in Michigan and very good friend of mine has a Halverson instrument. It is very fine, valueable violin. Halverson was famous for his hand-made tools. He designed and built his own machine to mechanically rosin bows, among other very creative tools.

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