theDipperWorkshop1Andrew Dipper Restorations has been in the business of restoring, conserving and building historic musical instruments for over 45 years. Originally founded in London, the Dipper workshop relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1990. Andrew Dipper Restorations specializes in the restoration and conservation of historically significant and ornate fretted and bowed musical instruments, with special interest in the period of 1570-1830.
Andrew Dipper Restorations offers for sale fine examples of original historic instruments and excellent copies of works by the best makers of past times. Andrew Dipper is a maker of highly regarded historically informed baroque and transitional bows, using innovative materials like unique sustainable woods for sticks and frogs, and water buffalo horn tip plates and buttons for ease of travel. The VIOLINS & BOWS page shows the Baroque and Transitional period violins and bows that we currently have for sale. Please feel free to contact us and every effort will be made to assist you.

in the news

Boston Early Music Festival Dipper Restorations would like to thank all of you who attended the festival and visited our booth. We had a very successful show and enjoyed meeting and talking with all of you. If you liked what you saw but didn’t find just the right instrument or bow, please keep an eye our website. We continue to bring out newly restored instruments and new bows.

A Story about Andrew’s Friend, Sculptor James Simon. Pittsburgh sculptor created a statue of St. Michael in tribute to slain police officers.

Food For Thought:Amati king cello f-hole
An orange skin cut into an f-hole
Read about Andrew’s latest thoughts on the geometry of ff-holes in his article on “The Strad” magazine’s website blog.

violin italian design construction varnish secrets book for sale $150

The first addition of Andrew Dipper’s latest book, LIBREM SEGRETI DE BVTTEGHA, ‘A Book Of Workshop Secrets': The Violin And Its Fabrication In Italy Circa 1725-1790, has sold out! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy. If you were thinking about buying one but didn’t get around to doing so, please let us know of your interest using the CONTACT US form. There may be additional printings in the future.

The 2014 #1 brochure of Andrew Dipper baroque and transitional period bows is available online. Download a copy of the brochure containing pictures and descriptions Andrew’s beautiful historically informed violin, viola, and cello bows.

Andrew Dipper has started a new blog containing some of his thoughts on items not necessarily related to violins and restoration. Visit Andrew’s blog.

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at the workbench

Being museum restoration specialists sometimes has additional benefits. We recently completed a commission for a baroque viola d’amore bow that utilized our expertise in this area. MORE..

new inventory & specials

Latest additions to our inventory

Early Italian violin from Lombardy c.1650 front view

  • A newly restored Early Italian violin from Lombardy, c.1650


  • Too New for Pictures: German School violin from Saxony c.1790-1808

Jay Haide baroque violin front

  • New Jay Haide 16″ Baroque Viola


  • New Andrew Dipper French Model Baroque Cello Bows

Dipper French Model Cello Bow Frog
Dipper French Model Cello Bow Frog
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Dipper French Model Cello Bow Tip

  • New Andrew Dipper Tourte and Corrette Model Viola and Violin Baroque Bows

Dipper Violin and Viola Bows