Michael Dötsch was born in 1874 in Neuenbrand, Czech Republic. Dötsch worked at several workshops, perfecting his craft at the workshop of Michael Kohlbacher in Schönbach, Germany. In 1909, he moved to Berlin to work with luthier Erich Lachman. Then in 1914, he established his own workshop in Wilmersdorf, a borough of Berlin. He is known for his extremely accurate copies of master luthiers. His work is outstanding in its precision.