The Staff at Dipper Restorations
Andrew Dipper – Founder
Andrew Dipper is a skilled restorer, historian, writer and sculptor. After studying sculpture and violinmaking in London and Cremona, he founded Dipper Restorations in London, England in 1975. He relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1990 where he joined Claire Givens Violins, Inc. as Vice President.
Examples of his restoration and conservation 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, Vermillion, South Dakota; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
- A translation of the violinmaking notes of Count Cozio de Salabue, the first collector of instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri and the patron of J. B. Guadagnini.
- A book on the theory of violin geometry and f-shaped sound-hole construction.
- Three articles in The Violin Society of America Journal on the works of the Italian makers, their varnishes and working methods.