Chapel tower
   General Theological Seminary of
     The Episcopal Church
   West 21st Street,
     between 9th and 10th Avenues
   New York, New York, USA
   LL: N 40.74560, W 74.00363
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   Prof.David J. Hurd,
     Director of Church Music
   8 Chelsea Square
   Manhattan, NY  10011
   H: (212)924-4963
   - and -
   Guild of Chimers


   General Seminary
   175 9th Avenue
   New York, NY  10011-4983
   T: (212)243-5150


   Morning and evening daily, before
   Eucharist and Evensong.


   Tower tubes by Harrington, installed
   by Durfee; added semitones are
   C#,F#,A#,C# on the present keyboard.
   Originally was played via loose-rope
   chiming rack with sallies; it remains
   in the middle level of the tower.
   A later electric automatic system was
   removed in 1983 when Schulmerich
   installed the present Eijsbouts baton
   clavier (manual two octaves, pedal
   one octave; pedals not used).

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (baton keyboard) of 15 tubular bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  8 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C E **/    C C   
   There are four added semitones
   The present keyboard was installed in 1983
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1888, the complete instrument was installed
       by the maker cited in Remarks above   
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2005
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The seminary Website shows the upper part of the chapel tower in two lights on the home page (alternating with other pictures).  The lower part of the tower can be seen in a photo on the Seminary Life page; from here, one can find the Worship page, which mentions this chime.  The Virtual Tour page (found under About Us) has a perspective drawing of the full-city-block campus, showing the location of the chapel tower.  Two of the QuickTime panoramas include the tower.

An article about the organ pictures the tower and mentions the chime.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of its maker.

Ranking among all tower tube instruments by size (number of notes).

Index to all tower tube instruments in NY.
Index to all tower bell instruments in NY.

   This page was built from the database on 18-Jul-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2012/04/22
   and on technical data last updated on 2010/09/02

(none available)

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