Andrew 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.
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Boston Early Music Festival! Dipper Restorations is returning to the Boston Early Music Festival Exhibition. Please stop in at booth 50 in the Empire Ballroom and visit Andrew Dipper and Claire Givens between Wednesday, June 10th and Saturday, June 13th. We will have some excellent restored Baroque violins, several modern Baroque violins that Andrew has given his special “Dipper Setup”, and many of Andrew’s hand-made Baroque and Transitional violin, viola, and cello bows. We hope to see you there!
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:
Read about Andrew’s latest thoughts on the geometry of ff-holes in his article on “The Strad” magazine’s website blog.
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.
Andrew Dipper was recently on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow from Charleston, West Virginia where he examined and appraised a rare 18th century English slide trumpet.
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.
Some of Andrew’s Current Favorite Links:
- Guitar Builders of the Early 19th Century
- Thomas Pinto 1728-1783 Violinist and Composer
- Baroque Violin.info
- Transitioning to the Dark Side: Moving from Violin to Viola
- TRANSMISSION PROJECT
- Lindsey Strand-Polyak’s Dissertation on the 17th Century Violin Sonata
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..