Gabriel Kney, Organ Builder, grew up in the city of Speyer-am-Rhein in Germany where he apprenticed with master organ builder Paul Seattle. In 1951 he immigrated to Canada. In 1955, in London, Ontario, he started his own business of building organs, retiring in 1996. At the time of the Tracker Organ Revival in America, in the late 1950s, he was the first Canadian organ builder to again build mechanical (tracker) action organs. St. John's Opus 65 is an outstanding example of the visual and tonal character of his instruments.
The organ at St. John's Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant, Op. 65, was built by Gabriel Kney in 1973. It is one of only two tracker instruments in Mt. Pleasant, the other being a studio organ at Central Michigan University, also built by Gabriel Kney. The organ has 2 manuals and 16 stops. (For specifications consult Gabriel Kney's website below.)
Photo used by permission of Gabriel Kney.