DÖRFLER - bows

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For more than three generations, the Dörfler family has manufactured string bows of superior craftsmanship based on the style of the French bow maker Tourte. Daniel Dörfler, the founder of the company, addressed the task of bringing German bow making up to Tourte’s standard of quality.

Committed to perfection, extraordinarily high quality standards and artistic intuition, his son Egidius Dörfler has made the master workshop to what it is today. It is for this reason that the master bows carry his name. Andreas, Roland and Tanja Dörfler continue with this master tradition in the fourth generation.


The Dörfler Master Bow is a hand-crafted top-quality product. Only the finest and exquisite materials are used to guarantee a long life cycle.

Pernambuco wood is used predominantly. It is the only wood which meets the high standards of flexibility and resilience required to manufacture a Dörfler Master Bow. And it is a prerequisite for the masterly art of giving the bow, through exact bending, the greatest possible tension and the ideal weight balance.

 The bow hair consists exclusively of natural white horse hair from selected steppe horses of Central Asia. Hair which neither waves nor becomes rotten.

The elaborate mother-of-pearl and precious metal mountings on the non-porous ebony frog are valuable refinements which give the Dörfler Master Bow its typical appearance and a long life.


Dörfler Master Bows have a strong impact on the sound, purity, strength and beauty of the tone. A Dörfler Master Bow brings forth the best in every play. It is just magic when the musician skilfully plays a string using a Master Bow. The sound effect and smooth transitions are simply fascinating right through all levels of the tone.

Exceptional sound quality and a unique design are the trade mark of the Dörfler bows. In 2010, we optimized the design of the violin and cello bows. For example, we changed the curvature at the back of the violin head. This resulted in a new, very harmonic overall appearance of the brazil bow and the pernambuco bow. The violin head and the cello head now present themselves in a sleeker, more elegant and therefore more stylish design.

The high-quality and sonorous master bows made by Dörfler are known and recognized all over the world. In 2013, Dörfler won two prestigious awards at the China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition (CIVMC) in Beijing. Dörfler master builder Günther Spätling received the gold medal in the cello bow making category, and the silver medal in the bass bow making category. The international jury of experts not only commended the handicraft work, quality and design of the individual bows. Professional musicians also tested the superb sound quality of the master bows. A significant acclaim for the family company from Bubenreuth in Germany!