The origin of the name “Dogal” is as ancient as the adjective from which it derives, “dogale”, or “of the Doge”. This word has the same latin root as “duca” (duke, in English). It is the story of a family whose lineage is firmly rooted in the remote past of the antique Republic of Venice; a story which unfolds along a fine line of continuity: the evolution of music.
The Brocco family were natives of Venice and present in the region of Veneto since 1866 with a chain of music shops, agents for prestigious names such as Bechstein and Steinway and in close contact with world-famous artists. After the 2nd World War, the family decided to start developing their own production due to the lack of strings for bowed instruments on the market.
Marketing strategies prompted Luigi Cella, manager of the string-making division, to form a separate company in 1950, expressly for this purpose which he named “Dogal Corde Armoniche”, in homage to the city of Venice, where the company was located, and to its “doges”.Taking advantage of the proximity of the “La Fenice” theatre and its resident artists who offered their collaboration, Cella began the production of the first Dogal violin strings.
With traditional gut strings as a point of reference, his objective was to obtain a brilliant, powerful sound without metallic overtones. The steel core of each string was covered with a series of windings, the last of which – a breakthrough at the time – was flat-sectioned, thereby offering a smooth surface to the touch.
The resulting interaction with the bowhair gave a sweet, quality sound with considerable volume. It was November 1952, and the Dogal “Linea Verde” (Green Label) was introduced to the market, the first of what would become a series of four ranges. With the natural evolution of the available materials, the “Linea Rossa” (Red Label) and the “Linea Blu” (Blue Label), also known as the “Concert Label”, followed thereafter. In 1990 Dogal Corde Armoniche introduced its synthetic gut range, made with a particular multi-fibre core similar to Perlon and external windings of aluminium and pure silver. Even though more than 40 years have passed since the founding of the company, most of the production process is still done by hand, with minimal tolerances over the full length of each string, only achievable by the masterly hands of skilled string makers.