John Abbey was born in Northamptonshire, England back in 1785. He served as an apprentice for James & David Davis. In 1826 he travelled to Paris on the invitation of Sebastien Erard who just happened to be a celebrated harp and pianoforte maker.
He established himself in Paris as well as other parts of France. His works can be found in Paris, Rheims, Nantes, Versailles, and Evreux. He died in Versailles in 1859 at 73. So, from 1826 to his death in 1859 you may be asking yourself what he did that caught my attention for me to write this about him. As always I like the way you think for you see John Abbey was an organ maker.
He completely worked on the construction, renovation and enlargement of organs. He was the first one who introduced into French organs the English mechanism and the bellows. His works are in churches around France in the cities I’ve mentioned. He also built organs in Chile and South America. He built an organ for the Grand Opera in Paris and was still in use until it was destroyed by a fire in 1873.
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