First United Methodist Church
     of Oklahoma City
   NW 4th Street at North Robinson Avenue
   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
   LL: N 35.47215, W 97.51619
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   Candi Claunch, Business Administrator
   E: cclaunch@firstchurchokc.com
   - or -
   First Methodist Church
   131 NW 4th Street
   Oklahoma City, OK  73102-6205
   T: (405)239-6493   F: (405)239-7722


   2013: bells silenced by structural
   problems with frame


   Added semitones are F# (sharp 4th) and
   A# (flat 7th).  Bourdon swings.
   Building seriously damaged by Federal
   Center bombing; rebuilt on same site,
   with relocated sanctuary.  Rehung on
   new frame in Dec.2016 by ChimeMaster,
   with electronic controls.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  4 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1922
     with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S1E11 
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1973

On the church Website, the Who We Are page (under About Us) includes old and current photos of the present building, but the brief history doesn't mention this chime.

News article (with 4 large photos in associated slide show) on reinstallation of the bells.

Video news article (Dec.2016; text is a transcript) of work to reinstall the bells.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane 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 OK.

   This page was built from the database on 25-Jun-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/06/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2018/06/25


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