Rings in Asia and the Pacific Rim:
index by weight (pitch)

This is an index to the 53 existing rings in Asia and the Pacific Rim region, in order by the pitch of the bourdon (heaviest bell of the main keyboard range).  Instruments with the same bourdon pitch are in descending order by number of bells, then by missing semitones, then by country.  The key to the four column headings is at the end of the table, along with some other notes.  Only rings of 8 or more bells are indexed and described, but rings of 5 or 6 bells are identified below the table.

    Location (City : Country)               Note Chr  Nr  Transp
bourdon in the bass octave (20000 to 3000 kg) - 0 instruments
 [none]
bourdon in the middle octave (2500 to 300 kg) - 46 instruments
ADELAIDE - STP                : AUSTRALIA    C   H    8   -
PERTH - SC/1                  : AUSTRALIA    C#  J   18   -
SYDNEY - STM                  : AUSTRALIA    C#  I   14   -
ADELAIDE - STF                : AUSTRALIA    C#  I   13   -
MELBOURNE - STPC              : AUSTRALIA    C#  I   13   -
SYDNEY - STA                  : AUSTRALIA    C#  I   13   -
WELLINGTON - STPA             : NEW ZEALAND  D   I   14   -
CHRISTCHURCH                  : NEW ZEALAND  D   I   13   -
GOULBURN                      : AUSTRALIA    D   I   13   -
BALLARAT - TH/1               : AUSTRALIA    D   H    8   -

MARYBOROUGH                   : AUSTRALIA    D#  I    9   -
AUCKLAND - STM                : NEW ZEALAND  D#  H    8   -
HOBART - STD                  : AUSTRALIA    E   M   17   -
BRISBANE - STJ                : AUSTRALIA    E   H   12   -
SYDNEY - STP                  : AUSTRALIA    E   J   10   -
HAMILTON                      : NEW ZEALAND  E   H    8   -
MELBOURNE - STJ               : AUSTRALIA    E   H    8   -
WANGARATTA                    : AUSTRALIA    E   H    8   -
ADELAIDE - TH                 : AUSTRALIA    F   H    8   -
GEELONG                       : AUSTRALIA    F   H    8   -

MELBOURNE - STPAT             : AUSTRALIA    F   H    8   -
BALLARAT - STP                : AUSTRALIA    F#  H    8   -
BENDIGO                       : AUSTRALIA    F#  H    8   -
RANDWICK                      : AUSTRALIA    F#  H    8   -
PERTH - STG                   : AUSTRALIA    G   H+   9   -
ADELAIDE - STC                : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -
BUNBURY - STB                 : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -
BURWOOD                       : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -
HOBART - HT                   : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -
SINGLETON                     : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -

SYDNEY - CC                   : AUSTRALIA    G   H   10   -
SYDNEY - STJ                  : AUSTRALIA    G   H    8   -
ALBURY                        : AUSTRALIA    G#  H    9   -
BATHURST - A                  : AUSTRALIA    G#  H    8   -
PARRAMATTA - AS               : AUSTRALIA    G#  H    8   -
TURRAMURRA                    : AUSTRALIA    G#  H    8   -
DARLING POINT                 : AUSTRALIA    A   H    8   -
LITHGOW                       : AUSTRALIA    A   H    8   -
MANDURAH                      : AUSTRALIA    A   H    8   -
MENANGLE                      : AUSTRALIA    A   H    8   -

ARMIDALE                      : AUSTRALIA    A#  H    8   -
BUNBURY - STP                 : AUSTRALIA    A#  H    8   -
LISMORE - STA                 : AUSTRALIA    A#  H    8   -
ORANGE                        : AUSTRALIA    A#  H    8   -
PAPANUI                       : NEW ZEALAND  A#  H    8   -
DUNEDIN - F                   : NEW ZEALAND  B   J   12   -
bourdon in the treble octave (250 to 60 kg) - 7 instruments
MANUKA                        : AUSTRALIA    C   H    8   -
WAGGA WAGGA                   : AUSTRALIA    C   H    8   -
MELBOURNE - STPI              : AUSTRALIA    C   H    8   -
MOSMAN PARK                   : AUSTRALIA    D   H    8   -
YORK                          : AUSTRALIA    D   H    8   -
CASTLEREAGH                   : AUSTRALIA    E   H    8   -
ROCKINGHAM                    : AUSTRALIA    F   H    8   -

bourdon in the "itty-bitty" octave (55 kg or less) - 13 instrument
 [none known]

bourdon unknown - 0 instrument
 [none]

Key to column headings:

Note
pitch of the bourdon (bass bell) of the chime. (In rare instances there may be a heavier sub-bourdon bell; see below.)

Chr
chromatics indicator:
Z = fully chromatic (no missing semitones)
Y = missing one semitone in the bass (typically keyboard C# or B)
X = missing two semitones in the bass (typically keyboard C#,D# or B,C#)
+X = same as "X" but has an additional sub-bourdon bell, separated by at least two semitones from the one indicated under "Note".
*X = same as "X" but also has a treble semitone missing somewhere.
H = purely diatonic (no added semitones)
I = one added semitone (typically keyboard Bb)
J = two added semitones (typically keyboard F# and Bb)
K = three added semitones
L = four added semitones
M = five added semitones (but without reaching chromatic status X, Y or Z)
- = unknown (or not applicable)

Nr
number of bells (notes) in the chime.

Transp
transposition from the keyboard notes to the pitches of the corresponding bells, in semitones.  (Thus the number "12" reflects transposition upward one octave, while "-3" reflects transposition downward by a minor third.)

Notes:

The table is sorted first on the pitch of the bass bell, then on the number of bells, then on the chromatics indicator, then on city.  The actual weight of the bass bell is not used.

The weight range indicators for each octave are only gross approximations, and should not be taken to represent any specific bell.

5 or 6 bells - instruments not described here

NOTE, however, that rings of 5 or 6 bells which are part of a chime of 8 or more bells are described here.  They appear in the table above under the number of bells in the chime.

Separate rings of 5 or 6 bells are described on the ANZAB Website, as follows:

Place Note
Sydney/Broadway, AU F, middle octave
Adelaide/Walkerville, AU F#
Cambridge, NZ G
Griffith, AU G#
South Brisbane, AU G#
Maitland, AU A
Perth/Claremont, AU A#
Yass, AU A#
Melbourne/Gardenvale, AU B
Beechworth, AU D, treble octave
Wellington (Old St.Paul's), NZ D#

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