HANOVER : USA - NH

*Location:

   Baker Memorial Library
   Dartmouth College
   North Main Street at Tuck Mall
   Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
   LL: N 43.70526, W 72.28838
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*Player:

   (unknown)
   E: bells@dartmouth.edu

*Contact:

   Baker Memorial Library
   Dartmouth College
   Hanover, NH  03755
   T: (603)646-2560   or   3965

*Schedule:

   Hour strike 0800-2200 daily; tunes
   played automatically at 0840, 0955,
   1225, 1340, 2145, plus Alma Mater after
   1800 hour strike.

*Remarks:

   Added semitones are F#,A#,C#,F#.
   Original mechanism included electric
   keyboard and 3 roll players, any of
   which could be switched to orchestral
   tubes for practice & testing new rolls.
   Current mechanism, installed in 1997,
   is computer-drive and includes both a
   MIDI interface and a Webpage generator
   to display the current play-list. 

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 17 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C A   /    NONE  
   There are four added semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1981
     with bells made by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1929, the instrument was enlarged to 16 bells
       by Meneely/Troy
     In 1928, the instrument was begun with 15 bells
       by Meneely/Troy
   Year of latest technical information source is 2009
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The College Website has a page about the tower and bells.  Oddly, the history describes the newest bell (1981) as #16 rather than #17.
On the campus maps, Baker Library is near the center, on the east side of North Main Street, with the tower facing directly down Tuck Mall to the west.
Also available are three recordings of the bells, with a tower photo.

A 1999 news article has a tower photo with a different perspective.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.
The final phase, being from an unknown foundry, is not yet indexed.

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 NH.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 10-Nov-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/11/03
   and on technical data last updated on 2009/11/03


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