NEWTON CENTER : USA - MA

*Location:

   "America" Tower
   First Baptist Church in Newton (ABC)
   Beacon Street at Center Street
   Newton Center, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.32966, W 71.19536
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*Player:

   Sean Redrow, Music Director
   E: spredrow@aol.com

*Contact:

   First Baptist Church in Newton (ABC)
   848 Beacon Street
   Newton Center, MA  02459-1801
   T: (617)244-2997
   E: info@fbcnewton.org
   - or -
   E: dvello@fbcnewton.org

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Bells are a memorial to Rev.Samuel F.
   Smith, minister here 1842-54 and the
   author of "America".

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is down 1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     E --  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The instrument was enlarged in 1917
     with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt
   Prior history:
     In 1898, the instrument was begun with 10 bells
       by Meneely/Wvlt
   Year of latest technical information source is 2012
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The church Website has photos of the building on the History page (under Who We Are), which mentions the bells.  The Contact page has a good photo of the unusual bell tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 30-Jan-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2012/01/20
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/01/20


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