- Hans Klotz
(b Stuttgart, May 12, 1938; d 1984). German organ builder. Born into a family of organ builders once active in the vicinity of Waldhut, he was trained by the firm of Walcker, followed by Rieger in Schwarzach (Vorarlberg), for whom he didSeit 1960 war er bei Montage- und Intonationsarbeiten für Rieger ua in den USA, Kanada und Haiti tätig. installation and voicing. From 1962 to 1964 he worked for Verschueren Orgelbouw in Heythueysen, Netherlands, then again at Rieger, where he worked on organs for the Freiburg cathedral and the Jakobskirche in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. 1966 folgte die Meisterprüfung und 1969 schließlich die Gründung der eigenen Werkstatt in Lindau/Bodensee. He then studied at the Meisterschule in Ludwigsburg, where he passed his examinations in 1966. After working in Austria, Switzerland, Holland, and the USA, in 1969 he founded his own business in Lindau (Lake Constance) under the name of Albiez-Orgelbau. He built organs exclusively with slider chests and tracker action, using solid wood, never plastic. The firm built more than 60 new organs, including those at the Catholic church, Bischofszell, Switzerland (...