Miller Bell Tower Chautauqua Institution (on the waterfront) NY.Highway 394 near Highway 33 Chautauqua, New York, USA LL: N 42.21132, W 79.46215*Former location (1885-1911):
Tom Wierbowski 170 South Main Street Mansfield, PA 16933-1514 H: (570)662-3625 Summer: Box 809 Chautauqua, NY 14722-0809 E: TJWier@ptd.net
Vice President/Operations Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, NY 14722 T: (716)357-6200 or 1-800-836.ARTS E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily during the season-- tunes played 0800-15, 1200-15, 1800-15 and sometimes 2200-15; bass bell swung 1030-2 and 2015-7, also Sunday 1500-2 before Amphitheater programs.
Original chime replaced 3 bells by Meneely & Kimberly, Troy, NY (1877), which in turn had replaced a single bell (1874, now in Mayville Methodist Church); added semitone was (and is) flat 7th. Original chimestand and transmission removed in 1967; the sharp 4th added then was cast in 1878 by Meneely & Kimberly. Electric keyboard, action and controls from 1967 totally replaced about 1990. Cambridge (Westminster) quarters.
Traditional chime (chimestand) of 14 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave Transposition is up 3 semitone(s) Keyboard range: C G / NONE There are two added semitones There is no practice console The instrument was enlarged in 1967 with 3 bells by Petit & Fritsen Prior history: In 1885, the instrument was begun with 10 bells by Meneely/Troy (10 bells remain from that work.) Year of latest technical information source is 1992
Illustrated document about the design and construction of the tower
Photoblog with 3 pictures of the tower but no text
Tower photo, view from the north
Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the
Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
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 NY.
This page was built from the database on 14-Sep-10 based on textual data last updated on 2010/09/08 and on technical data last updated on 1992/11/17
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