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Kern

The Kern family is a dynasty of organ builders from the Alsace. The firm was founded in 1953 by Alfred Kern (1910-1989) in Strasbourg, who learned his skills at the Roethinger and Muhleisen firms. The firm made its name by its advocacy of the tracker-based mechanical action. In particular Jean-André Silbermann was its great example, and in half a century most of the Silvermann organs were restored by this company. In 1977, Daniel Kern (*1950) took over as head of the firm and his son Olivier also joined the firm. Daniel Kern Manufacture d’orgues merged in 2002 with that of his grand-nephew Gaston KERN, when he retired. The Kern company closed its doors in 2015 due to bankruptcy.
Saint Michael’s Anglican church (1976) Parisian organs built by Kern Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux Orgue de chœur (1971) Saint-Pierre-de-Chaillot Orgue de chœur (1974) Saint Michael’s Anglican church (1976)
Organs of Paris

Kern

Saint Michael’s Anglican church (1976) Parisian organs built by Kern Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux Orgue de chœur (1971) Saint-Pierre-de-Chaillot Orgue de chœur (1974) Saint Michael’s Anglican church (1976)
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The Kern family is a dynasty of organ builders from the Alsace. The firm was founded in 1953 by Alfred Kern (1910-1989) in Strasbourg, who learned his skills at the Roethinger and Muhleisen firms. The firm made its name by its advocacy of the tracker-based mechanical action. In particular Jean-André Silbermann was its great example, and in half a century most of the Silvermann organs were restored by this company. In 1977, Daniel Kern (*1950) took over as head of the firm and his son Olivier also joined the firm. Daniel Kern Manufacture d’orgues merged in 2002 with that of his grand-nephew Gaston KERN, when he retired. The Kern company closed its doors in 2015 due to bankruptcy.