Andreas Butz was born, presumably between 1580 and 1590, in Roßwangen, which at that time belonged to Upper Austria and was administered from Innsbruck. In 1612 Butz (also: Putz, Puz and Buz ) is referred to as an organ maker who lives “the zeidt in saltzburg” (currently in Salzburg) and that he “went from Salzpurg geen Passaw” (from Salzburg to Passau ) wool.  In June 1613, he was accepted as a "inhabitant" in the city of Passau.
Initially he worked with the Passau organ maker Matthias Aigner, later with Niklaus Lamprecht and Johannes Freundt . On January 29, 1621, the Bishop of Brixen gave him his own coat of arms, which among other things shows three organ pipes on a blue background in the shield. From 1636 at the latest he was a member of the Council of the City of Passau and between 1645 and 1657 he was also the caretaker of the Hl.-Geist-Spital. In 1640 or 1641 Johann (?) Puz went on a pilgrimage to St. Wolfgang . He visited the pastor of Thalgau , to whom he then sent a cost estimate with "beӱkhombende [m] visor"  for a positive , the acquisition did not materialize. His organs, which were of excellent quality, were mainly supplied to Bavaria , Tyrol and Upper Austria .
His son Jakob († October 30, 1693 in Tulln ) and grandson Martin (born November 10, 1666 and † March 9, 1707 in Passau) were also active as organ builders.
List of works (selection)
The list includes some of his proven new builds.
The size of the instruments is indicated in the fifth column by the number of manuals and the number of sounding registers in the sixth column. A capital "P" stands for a separate pedal.
|1617||Maria Hall||Marienkirche||bigger work|
|1618||Bozen||Franziskanerkirche||II||over 17||Double doors received|
|1618||Lienz||Parish church||Housing with double doors preserved, pipe material partially|
|1619||Villach||Parish church||15||Housing received|
|1620/1621||Brixen||Judgment||major work on both organs and the positive choir|
|1621/1622||Brixen||Parish church||Remodeling and lowering the mood|
|1629||Innichen||Stiftskirche||Main case with double doors preserved, some pipes|
|1630||Innichen||Parish church||Main case with double doors preserved, some pipes|
1988–1990 restored |
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|1636/1637||Lambach||Benedictine marker||I||6||large positive with manual 16 'register (fragment preserved)|
|1637||Deggendorf||Assumption Day||Replaced in 1749 by a new building by Johann Konrad Brandenstein (15 / II / P)|
|1641||Thalgau||Pfarrkirche St. Martin||I||4||Design by Johann Butz (!), Which was not carried out. |
|1653/1654||Kremsmünster||Stiftskirche||Positive for the dining room, among other things|
- Alfred Reichling: On the genealogy of the Butz family of organ builders from Passau . In: Acta Organologica . tape 4, 1998, ISSN 0567-7874, S. 195.
- Words of the pastor: = attached elevation drawing
- Roman Schmeißner: The history of organ art using the example of the Thalgau dean's office . Diploma thesis at the Salzburg University of Education 1982, p. 16f.
- Roman Schmeißner: The history of organ art using the example of the Thalgau dean's office . Diploma thesis at the Salzburg University of Education 1982, p. 19.
- Georg Brenninger: Organs in Old Bavaria. Munich 1978.
- Anton Dawidowicz : master organ builder and organs in East Tyrol. Inaugural dissertation. Vienna 1949.
- Rupert Frieberger : Organ building in Upper Austria in the 17th and 18th centuries. With special consideration of existing instruments. Innsbruck 1984.
- Alfred Reichling / Istvan Golarits: Organ Landscape of South Tyrol. Bolzano 1982.
- Alfred Reichling: On the genealogy of the Passau organ building family Butz. In: Acta Organologica. 26, 1998, pp. 185-216.
- Alfred Reichling: Butz. In: MGG , Person Teil , Vol. 3. Kassel / Stuttgart 2000, Col. 1443–1445.
- Walter Senn: Andreas Putz. In: Acta Organologica. 8, 1974, S. 33–51.
- Josef Saam: The old Passau organ builders. Their origins and their work from 1467 to 1744. In: Ostbairische Grenzmarken. Passau 1977 (= Passau Yearbook for History, Art and Folklore ), pp. 108-137.
- Roman Schmeißner: Organ building in Salzburg pilgrimage churches. WiKu-Verlag, Duisburg / Cologne 2015, ISBN 978-3-86553-446-0 (also dissertation: Studies on organ building in pilgrimage churches of the Archdiocese of Salzburg , Mozarteum University 2012).
- Gerhard Walterskirchen: Organs and Organ Builders in Salzburg from the Middle Ages to the Present. Dissertation. University of Salzburg 1982.
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German organ builder|
|DATE OF BIRTH||16th century or 17th century|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Roßwangen , Württemberg|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 25, 1657|
|Place of death||Passau|