B.M.C. Durfee High School [new] Elsbree Street at School Brook Road Fall River, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 41.71668, W 71.12714
*Former location (1990-2010):
(in storage)*Former location (1886-1990):
B.M.C. Durfee High School [old] between Rock and High Streets, Cherry and Locust Streets Fall River, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 41.70537, W 71.15181
B.M.C. Durfee High School [new] 360 Elsbree Street Fall River, MA 02720-7298 T: (508)675-8100 - or - Durfee Bells Preservation Society PO Box 9235 Fall River, MA 02720-0004 - or - Lester Cory, Chairman 45 Summit Avenue Tiverton, RI 02878-4632 H: (401)624-3478 W: (508)999-8482 E: LCory@UmassD.edu
Original added semitone is flat 7th. Old school closed in 1978, and was converted to a state courthouse in early 1990s; bells removed during conversion. Smallest bell stolen c.1999. Aug.2004: 9 bells retuned at Meeks, Watson & Co.; replacement for stolen bell was cast to a Meneely pattern. Apr.2008: Tower site chosen. Spring 2010: Tower under construction on Elsbree Street, adjacent to ticket booth (for stadium?); will eventually (but not at first) contain chimestand at ground level. Nov.2010: Tower complete. Nov.2012: 12 bells installed; includes 2 new trebles (one replacement, c.2004, and one addition cast 2012) plus an 1898 McShane bell tuned to fit as sharp 4th. Jul.2018: City to build new high school, displacing tower; bells go into storage for later installation in a belfry on new building. Nov.2018: Bells removed to storage at Sunderlin bellfoundry. May.2019: A second-hand Vanduzen chime- stand, modified for 14 notes, plus a 14-note practice chimestand built by UMass Dartmouth engineering students is being sold to Sunderlin, who will supply new playing & practice consoles along with new bells; installation is scheduled for summer 2021.
Traditional carillon of 23 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave Transposition is unknown Keyboard range: ---- / ---- There are two missing bass semitones The instrument was enlarged in 2021 by the maker cited in Remarks above Prior history: In 2015, the instrument was enlarged to 14 bells with bells made by Meeks,Watson (2 bells remain from that work.) In 2011, the instrument was enlarged to 12 bells by Meeks,Watson (2 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 2011, the bells were retuned by Meeks,Watson (9 bells remain from that work.) In 1886, the instrument was begun with 10 bells with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt (9 bells remain from that work.) Auxiliary mechanisms: nE Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 2020
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