Instrument Restoration Projects

Andrew Dipper is a respected Italian trained violin and bow maker and member of the International Entente of violin and bow Makers.

He is in addition a historian, writer, publisher, translator and lecturer.

His activity in restoring and conserving musical instruments since 1965 has allowed him to specialize in the restoration and conservation of historically significant, ornate, fretted, baroque, and bowed musical instruments; notably those from the period 1560-1815. His long-time experience and aptitude for extremely complex restoration projects and his high level of craftsmanship and documentation have enabled him to make very important contributions to his field.

Viola da Gamba

The Dipper workshop undertakes some of the most difficult and time-consuming restoration offered in the world today. Past restorations have included work that is now in the world’s major musical instrument museums and instruments that are being played by the world’s best professional musicians. Occasionally copies are made of instruments ...
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Hare Violin Restoration

This violin was made by Edward Pamphilon in collaboration with John Hare whose label it bears. John Hare’s shop was in Mason’s Yard near the Royal Exchange, London. These makers were active during the reign of Charles II, 1660-1685 and this violin is typical of the revival of violin making ...
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Early 18th Century Italian Violin Concerto Bow Reproduction

Museum collections offer a good resource for accurate reconstruction of historic bows. This violin bow, which is part of the collections of the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion S.D., was copied for a client in 2008. The museum bow did not have its original clip-in frog and had been ...
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