Dipper Restorations is heading to BEMF – June 12-15, 2019

Dipper Restorations is preparing for the upcoming trip to Boston for the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) having finished the restoration of a number of original Baroque violins which will be new to the marketplace. Please visit us at Booth 17 in the ballroom of Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown. Please read our newsletter which features details about the event and our newest inventory.

Announcing the launch of the our new Dipper Restorations website

Announcing the launch of the our new Dipper Restorations website

We are excited to announce the launch of Dipper Restorations  newly designed website. Dipper Restorations is the Early music players prime source for historical instruments in their authentic original condition. Andrew Dipper is a maker of reproduction historical bows of all early periods using models from renowned international collections. New features are on our website include:

• Organized and easy to find the inventory
• Current and up to date content
• Early music blog
• Restoration projects by Dipper
• Easy to use mobile friendly website

Andrew Dipper has been making, restoring and conserving musical instruments since 1965. He relocated his shop to Minneapolis in 1990 from the English Cotswold’s. Dipper Restorations is located at Givens Violins at 1201 Marquette Avenue in Minneapolis.

Dipper Restorations specializes in the restoration and conservation of historically significant and ornate fretted and bow musical instruments with special interest in the period 1570-1830. 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 international travel.

Dipper’s work can be found in many of the world’s foremost public and private musical instrument collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Federal Musical Instrument Museum of Berlin, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and MIM. His bows are used by top international Early music performers.

Take a look at our new website www.dipperrestorations.com and you will discover that we have many baroque and classical instruments and bows to offer. We welcome appointments try out instruments and bows or we can ship them to you to try.

The Making of a Historically Informed Bow


Viola D’Amore Bow, Copy of NMM_3470 by Andrew Dipper, 2014, Bow with Clip-in Frog

Dipper Restorations, being museum restoration specialists, sometimes has the opportunity to work with the collection of the National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota. One of the benefits of this became apparent in a commission we recently received to build a viola d’amore bow.
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The Stradivari Viola D’Amore, pt 1

Front view of viola d'amore

Andrew Dipper DVA257 viola d’amore front

Viola d'amore scroll sideview

Andrew Dipper viola d’amore scroll

Back view of viola d'amore

Andrew Dipper viola d’amore back

In 1976 as part of my work translating Simone Sacconi’s book, The “Secrets” of Stradivari into English I was asked to review the holdings of the Ala Ponzone collection of Stradivarian material in Cremona. This collection consists of the residue of forms and patterns that were once part of the workshop materials of Antonio Stradivari. Included in this material are a number of forms and patterns for viola d’amore type instruments. Some of these are demonstrative of advances in the design of a novel instrument based on the format of a viola d’amore.

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The Stradivari Viola D’Amore, pt 2

The first question I had to ask concerning these paper patterns was regarding their authenticity. Were they actual material from the Stradivari shop, or were they additions to the collection from later makers such as Bergonzi, Guadagnini or Ceruti?

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The Stradivari Viola D’Amore, pt 3

Andrew Dipper Viola D'Amore Front

Andrew Dipper Viola D’Amore Front

I started building the instrument in 2001, but because of the restoration demands of the workshop it was not finished until 2008. The wood for the instrument came from three sources. For the belly I chose a very old piece of Baltic spruce that came from England. It was once part of a cupboard shelf in an eighteenth century house. I chose it because of its age and for its perfect grain.

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