Instrument Restoration & Appraisal Services

Baroque Instrument Restoration

Andrew Dipper’s knowledge is based on 45 years experience restoring and researching historical stringed instruments. He is the Consultant Conservator for the Yale Musical Instrument Collections, and his work can be found in museums worldwide, including the National Music Museum, the Metropolitan, Federal Musical Instrument Museum of Berlin, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. With Andrew Dipper’s knowledge and experience, his shop is one of only a few in the world capable of fully restoring significantly damaged or worn instruments, with a specialty in historically significant and ornate fretted and bowed instruments, and a further focus on the period of 1570 – 1830. Please contact us for an appointment.

String Instrument Appraisals

Dipper Restorations performs appraisals of value, authenticity, and provenance of stringed instruments in collaboration with Claire Givens Violins, Inc.

Trade-In Policy

Dipper Restoration offers, to the original purchaser, a 100% trade-in on instruments and bows purchased from us. The traded item can be used to acquire another instrument or bow of equal or greater value. The item purchased must be of the same type as the traded item (a bow for a bow, a violin for a violin, etc.). Only one trade is allowed per item purchased.
The trade-in credit is calculated using the original invoice price of the traded item, taking into account its current condition. If there is significant damage, there also may be a deduction for any resultant depreciation to value. As of November 1, 2010, we are unable to take bows in on trade that were purchased for under $300. All bows purchased before November 1, 2010 are eligible for trade-in.