Dölling Bassbogen mit Neusilbergarnitur
Material: Stange langjährig gelagertes , ausgesuchtes gutes Fernambukholz, rund oder kantig
Ebenholzfrosch mit Perlmuttschub, massives Beinchen
Hair used lenght: 54 cm
Dölling - Bögen sind Meisterbögen
One hundred years of Dölling bow-making (1898 - 1998)
The tradition of manufacturing string bows in the Upper Vogtland exists now for more than 200 years. Family Dölling started first in violin-making, for more than 100 years and now over four generations they are also responsible for the good reputation of the Vogtland bow-making.
In 1898 Otto Dölling (1878 - 1966) opened a bow-making workshop.
Two of his sons, Kurt Dölling (1902 - 1952) and Heinz Dölling (1913 - 2001) learned their job in their father´s workshop.
Having passed his master craftsmen exam in 1947 Heinz Dölling founded his own workshop in Wernitzgrün near Markneukirchen. In 1965 he moved to Erlbach, which lies nearby.
His son Bernd Dölling passed his master craftsmen exam in 1972. He worked with his father at the Erlbach workshop until he opened his own bow-making workshop in 1985 in Wernitzgrün.
There he works with his son Michael Dölling, who was born in 1968 and took his apprenticeship in his father´s workshop. Michael passed the master craftsmen exam
Dölling-bows are master bows
At the Wernitzgrün workshop violin, viola, violoncello and contrabass bows of highest quality are traditionally manufactured by hand out of Pernambuco.
Dölling bows are manufactured after the model of famous French violin bow-makers, such as Tourte, Voirin and Sartory, and also after the German bow-makers Knopf and Bausch.
Baroque bows are a complementary production line, which are usually made of snakewood. Bernd and Michael Dölling love to follow the individual wishes of their customers when designing a string bow.
The different fitting and furnishing variations of a bow allow a variety of materials for the nut, special kinds of metal and/or leather bindings and the choice between silver and gold trimmings.
Unlike other workshops, in which each generation stamps the name of the founder, Bernd and Michael Dölling stamp, inspite of the shared workshop, each of their own products with their own name.
Dölling bow-making - References
Internationally recognized artists like David Oistrach from Russia, Yehudi Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci from the USA or the Finnish cello player Erkki Rautio play (or played) bows of his workshop of Heinz Dölling.
The solo cello player of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Rafael Figueroa, and his representative Dorothea Noack recently acquired Dölling cello bows.
One example is the long lasting friendship which bound Bernd Dölling with the Viennna bass player Ludwig Streicher, who recognized and appreciated, as do many customers ,the individual advice which the bow-makers Dölling grant their customers.