Trinity United Methodist Church
   Main Street, north of School Street
   Montpelier, Vermont, USA
   LL: N 44.26141, W 72.57428
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   Michael Loris


   Trinity Church Office
   137 Main Street
   Montpelier, VT  05602-2990
   T: (802)229-9158


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   Added semitone is flat 7th.
   Bourdon also swings.
   Repaired in 2010 by local organ builder
   Michael Loris.
   Also an 1872 Meneely & Kimberly bell
   (E, approx.2500 lbs), second-largest
   bell in Vermont, which will eventually
   be connected as a leading tone to the
   chime's bass note.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 10 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     F G   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 1908
     with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W1    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2011

The church Website has a small photo of the building as a Facebook link; there a larger version of the photo can be seen, and mention of the recent reactivation of the bells might be found.  Back on the Website, the Visitor's Guide page has a different photo of the building.  Yet another photo appears on the Contact Us page.  But there is no history.

A Facebook video from Christmas 2015 shows the chimestand in use.  The clothesline is connected to the lowest bell, which does not play from the chimestand.
Another Facebook video, from outside on Advent IV, 2015.

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 VT.

   This page was built from the database on  6-Apr-16
   based on textual data last updated on 2016/04/03
   and on technical data last updated on 2011/11/19

Old swinging bell converted for chime use
Chimestand with added bass key
New bass action in chime mode
New bass action relaxed so bell can swing

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