PYHÄSALMI - 5 : FINLAND

*Location:

   Vaskikello (Brassbellstore) Bell Museum
   Highway 27 at Highway 4 (E75)
   Pyhäsalmi, Oulun Lääni, Finland
   LL: N 63.71331, E 25.91915
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*Contact:

   Lassi and Kaisa Rönkkö
   Vaskikello
   Vaskikellontie 420
   FIN-86800 Pyhäsalmi
   T: +358 8 780 780   F: +358 8 780 188

*Remarks:

   A collection of more than 1500 bells
   of all kinds, including the various
   other instruments listed here;
   may include three more chimes.
   It began in 1973 with a single bell to
   fit the newly-adopted name of the
   roadhouse/restaurant, and "just grew."
   Also here is a foundry where small
   bronze bells are cast.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument with action described in Remarks above of  8 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   Work was done (as described in Remarks above) in ****
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004
*Links:

The Website of this combination restaurant and museum (text in Finnish, English and German).

Photos and description (text in Esperanto)

A visitor's photos of many of the bells (text in Finnish)

Another visitor's photos (text in German)

A visitor's photos (very large page) - #1= large bell shed; #2= Perner automatic chime in foreground, telephone shelter in left background, oriental bell in right background; #3= bell shed near entrance, with two sets of steel bells; #4= Szabados automatic chime; #5= large steel bells in shed; #6= previous highway sign bell (now demoted) for advertising on the restaurant (compare to the present gold-leaf-covered bell on the splash page of the Vaskikello Website).
  There's a story about the telephone shelter (the two bright orange bells at an angle).  Some time after they had been put up, a German tourist discovered that the bells had come from his own parish church.  Disturbed about their present use, he took a photo of them back to his parish priest.  The priest examined the photo and then said, "Obviously these people have a direct telephone to Heaven; so it's OK!"

From a visitor's gallery:
the largest bell shed, with the great bell on the second level, chime actions at the right end;
another photo of the same area;
small bells displayed between glass panes in the restaurant windows;
the shed over the entrance driveway, with sets of 5, 3 and 2 cast steel bells, painted for protection against rust;
a large bronze bell;
a large oriental bell.

Where one bell of this collection ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Finland.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  4-Dec-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2006/04/24
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/04/12
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