SAN JOSE : USA - CA

   Trinity Chime

*Location:

   Trinity Cathedral
   (formerly Trinity Episcopal Church)
   N. Second Street at E. St.John Street
   San Jose, California, USA
   LL: N 37.33793, W 121.89078
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*Carillonist:

   Trinity Cathedral Bell Ringers
   c/o Trinity Cathedral
   81 North Second Street
   San Jose, CA  95113-1282
   T: (408)293-7953   F: (408)293-4993
   E: trinicat@pacbell.net

*Contact:

   Julie Pifer
   1519 Cherry Avenue
   San Jose, CA  95125
   H: (408)293-3738   W: (408)293-7953
   F: (408)394-7133
   - or -
   Sue Ellen Hobart

*Schedule:

   Before & after 10am Sunday service

*Remarks:

   First 5 bells by Meneely, West Troy
   (Watervliet), 1879 & 1880, with 9-note
   chimestand (D-diatonic-A used); present
   bourdon and 4th added (and old 3d, now
   sharp 4th, retuned) in 1905 by same
   maker.  Bourdon swings.
   2013: bells removed for tuning;
   2016: new bells cast; new steel frame;
   new console will have space for
   expansion to 43 bells.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 24 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   There is no practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 2016
     with  6 bells made by Meeks,Watson
   Prior history:
     In 1976, the instrument was enlarged to 18 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
       (9 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1960, the instrument was enlarged to  9 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
       (2 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W1    
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  4 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   17 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  17 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  80%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2016
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The cathedral Website has a photograph of the building on the Ministries page; the Bell Ringers are mentioned on the same page.
In a Jan.2016 newsletter (PDF), page 5 has an article on the status of the project.
Video about the project
In a Nov.2013 newsletter (PDF), page 3 has an article on the status of the project.

Nov.2013 News article on the $250K project to upgrade from 18 to 24 bells; with 5 photos of the building and the.existing bells being removed by Meeks, Watson & Co.

Photo of the keyboard

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry. NOTE: The initial phase contained only 7 bells, so it has no distinct record in the database and does not appear under "Technical data" above.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of unknown bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

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Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other small carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 15-Apr-16
   based on textual data last updated on 2016/04/06
   and on technical data last updated on 2016/03/09
*Photos:

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