Born in Copenhagen in 1894, Pauli Merling trained with local maker Bojesen Petersen before joining Rudolphe Heckel in Dresden. He then worked for Rummelhof Hansen in Oslo and Emil Hjorth in Copenhagen, where he established his own shop in 1921. He was joined there in 1927 by Karl Paul Heinel (b. 1907, Markneukirchen), who contributed much of the construction work for Merling to varnish. Heinel opened his own shop in Copenhagen in 1951. Merling was awarded first prize at The Hague in 1949, and his instruments are of high quality, with good rich varnish, sometimes with a shaded finish. He died in 1976.
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