Ringling Bros. Bell Wagon
Circus World Museum Water Street (WI Hwy.113), east of East Street Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA (precise location on grounds varies) LL: N 43.46681, W 89.73624
Circus World 550 Water Street Baraboo, WI 53913-2578 T: (608)356-0800 1-866-693-1500 (toll-free) E: firstname.lastname@example.org
(rarely used) Museum open (admission fee) late May to early Sep daily 9am-6pm, otherwise weekdays 10am-4pm.*Former schedules:
Originally used regularly in circus parades; later appeared annually in the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee.
The only chime known to have been made by Gardiner Campbell & Sons Centennial Bell Foundry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; hung in/on a custom-made horse-drawn wagon; consists of an octave plus a bell which was apparently intended as the flat 7th but actually duplicates natural 4th; played via vertical levers in a curved rack.
Chime-sized instrument with action described in Remarks above of 9 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the middle octave Transposition is up 8 semitone(s) Keyboard range: C C / NONE The arrangement of tones and/or semitones is non-standard; see Remarks above. The whole instrument was installed in 1892 by the maker cited in Remarks above Year of latest technical information source is unknown
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, 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.
Why this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1892).
Index to all tower bell instruments in WI.
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