Alfred Ott - Martin's Father - was an important influence on Martin's approach to voicing and scaling. Born in 1910, Alfred Ott apprenticed in mechanics after primary education, following with formal education in mechanical engineering. After graduation, Martin's uncle Paul invited Alfred to join him to build organs in Goettingen the province of Lower Sachsen. In 1945 he joined the organ reed manufacturer firm Giesecke & Sohn. Alfred Ott received his Orgelbaumeister Certificate circa 1946. He was the tonal director until his retirement in 1985.
The Sydney Opera House Grand Organ was build between 1969 and 1979. It was the largest mechanical action instrument in the twentieth century. Alfred Ott was the principal designer and maker of many of the reed stops for this instrument, during his employment at the reed pipe manufacturer Giesecke & Sohn in Göttingen, Germany.