Non-traditional carillons in Central and South America:
index by weight (pitch)

The table below is an index to 17 Central and South American non-traditional carillons, in order by the pitch of the bourdon (heaviest bell of the main keyboard range).  The key to the four column headings is at the end of the table, along with some other notes.

    Location (City : Country)               Note Chr  Nr  Transp
bourdon in the bass octave (20000 to 3000 kg) - 2 instruments
MERCEDES                      : ARGENTINA    G#   -   24    -
BUENOS AIRES - MU             : ARGENTINA    A    -   30    -
bourdon in the middle octave (2500 to 300 kg) - 2 instruments
HATO REY                      : PUERTO RICO  F    X   47    -
LIMA - SDF                    : PERU         G    -   25    -
bourdon in the treble octave (250 to 60 kg) - 4 instruments
FILIPSBURG - G                : NED.ANTIL.   C    -   25    -
BAYAMON                       : PUERTO RICO  C    -   23    -
MONTEVIDEO - Unknown !        : URUGUAY      C    -   23    -
WILLEMSTAD - SF/2             : NED.ANTIL.   G    -   23    -
bourdon in the "itty-bitty" octave (55 kg or less) - 1 instrument
FILIPSBURG - SF               : NED.ANTIL.   C    -   23    -
bourdon unknown - 8 instruments
HIGUEY                        : DOMINICAN R  -    -   45    -
SAO PAULO - BR                : BRAZIL       -    -   38    -
LA PLATA                      : ARGENTINA    -    -   25    -
LIMA - CC                     : PERU         -    -   25    -
SANTIAGO                      : CHILE        -    -   25    -
BUENOS AIRES - ME             : ARGENTINA    -    -   23    -
LA MERCED                     : ARGENTINA    -    -   23    -
GUATEMALA CITY                : GUATEMALA    -    -    -    -

Key to column headings:

Note
pitch of the bourdon (bass bell) of the carillon. (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#)
X = missing two semitones in the bass (typically keyboard C# and D#)
W = missing three semitones in the bass (typically keyboard F#,G#,A# or B,C#,D#)
+X,+W = same as "X" or "W" but has an additional sub-bourdon bell, separated by at least two semitones from the one indicated under "Note".
- = unknown

Nr
number of bells (notes) in the carillon.  If the chromatics indicator contains a plus sign, then this is a pair of numbers showing the number of bells in the principal range plus the number of sub-bourdon bells.

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 [in the principal range], then on the chromatics indicator, state/province, city and site code.  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.


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