Vassar College
   Raymond Avenue, opposite Vassar Lake
   Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
   LL: N 41.68566, W 73.89721
Site locator map  or  [ MapQuest map ]
Also see our own Map Use Hints.




   Vassar College
   124 Raymond Avenue
   Poughkeepsie, NY  12604
   T: (845)437-7000  [switchboard] 


   None; disused and unplayable; tubes
   intact, but complete renovation of
   suspension and action are needed
   to restore playability.


   Tower tubes by Durfee, presumably
   installed in 1904 (when the chapel
   was built).  Practice system consists
   of wooden knobs on main ropes,
   striking vertical xylophone-like bars.
   Superseded (but not replaced) in 1955
   by an electronic device.

*Technical data:

   Chime with Ellacombe stand of 15 tubular bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     G#C#  /    NONE  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   There is a practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1904
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2005

The college Website has no photo of the building and tower, and only a few fragments of information about the building's history can be found.

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 2005/01/22

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

[TowerBells Home Page] [Site data top page] [Credits and Disclaimers] [Feedback]

Please send comments or questions to csz_stl@swbell.net