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

New Mr. Puppy blog by Andrew Dipper featuring Giuseppe Puppo

Giuseppe Puppo was an Italian violinist, composer, and teacher. Born in Lucca, Italy, he quickly became a violin virtuoso at an early age. He travelled through Europe through the end of the 18th century, settling in Paris in 1783 where he became a highly-sought after teacher and authority on violin-playing. Fondly

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The Pierre Tourte baroque bow by Andrew Dipper

Pierre Tourte was the father of the great Parisian bow maker Francois Tourte (1747-1835). It was Francois who worked assiduously to improve the techniques of bow making and explore the nature of the many rare tropical hardwoods being imported into Paris from the French holdings of the West Indies and

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The French Corrette baroque bow by Andrew Dipper

Michel Corrette (10 April 1707 – 21 January 1795) was a French musician and author of many musical method books. the violin, cello, bass, flute, recorder, bassoon, harpsichord, harp, mandolin, and voice. They carried titles such as l’Art de se perfectionner sur le violon (The Art of Achieving Perfection in

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FX Tourte, Cramer model by Andrew Dipper

The Cramer bow is distinctive because of its ‘battle axe’ head profile. It came into use in the court orchestras of Mannheim, Munich and Dresden after 1760, where it became synonymous with the dynamic Mannheim style of orchestration and performance. It supplanted the Italian model of Tartini, whose design was

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Cremaillere Bow by Andrew Dipper

This bow represents the sequel to the “clip-in-frog” early bow. The ratchet with its hoop allows the tension of the bow hair to be finely adjusted as the weather becomes more humid, and also prevents the bow frog from coming out or being lost if the hair becomes too damp.

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