the fine art of restoring, conserving, and building historic musical instruments

Baroque violins and bows in Minneapolis, MN

Andrew Dipper is a renowned luthier and an expert in the restoration and conservation of historic musical instruments. Since 1967 he has worked on the restoration of musical instruments created by some of the greatest makers of past times, including Stradivari, Amati, Tielka, Testore, Tieffenbrucker, Louvet, Cousineau, Barak Norman, Henry Jay and others. His restored instruments can be found in many private collections and public museums. Andrew ran a workshop for musical instrument restoration in Cremona where he learned from and was influenced by Francesco Bisolotti,  Gio Battista Morassi and Giovanni Lucchi. Dipper’s restoration work on musical instruments enabled him to examine the making and design techniques of the great musical instrument makers of past times. He is fluent in Italian and French which has allowed him access to many rare manuscripts and books on music and musical instruments that he has used to uncover the working practices of the great violin makers of the past and how their construction techniques influenced the sound of their instruments. Andrew is a master violin and bow maker and a member of the Entente Internationale des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art.

Dipper Restorations:

  • Sell fine examples of original historic baroque instruments.
  • Make historically informed baroque and classical bows.
  • Specializes in the restoration of historically significant and ornate fretted and bow musical instruments from the period of 1570-1830.
We look forward to working with you and helping you find an historical instrument or bow that will fit your needs. Please feel free to contact us at 612.375.0750 or