Things that are not carillons

If you set any of the World Wide Web search engines to work on the word "carillon", you will eventually run across some places which claim to have a carillon but are not listed in our indexes.  You might think you had made a great discovery, and rush to inform us of it.  In all probability, you would then be greatly disappointed when we had to tell you that the place in question actually doesn't have any real bells at all, but just an electronic device that emits vaguely bell-like sounds.  Sometimes the loudspeakers through which those sounds are emitted are camouflaged in bell-shaped shells of varying degrees of realism.  Even more confusing, the broadcast sound sometimes originates from recordings of real bells (made elsewhere, of course), and/or is companion to a clock chime of one to five real bells.  Devices of all these types are very common in the U.S.A., having been sold in large numbers by manufacturers and dealers whose names we will not publicize.  (Here's a clue:  any place which claims to have more than 77 bells almost certainly has none at all.)

To save you that disappointment, we list here the places we know about which have included information about such devices in their Web pages.  However, we do not provide links to those Web pages, since such devices are generally of no interest to people who appreciate real bells.

(Of course, if you do find evidence of real bells that we don't mention, we would like to know about it.  That's why we ask for feedback.)

Non-carillons on the Web (in order of addition to the list):

Visible sets of bell shells (in order of addition to the list):

Undoubtedly there are thousands more of these things which haven't come to our attention.  If it's obvious to you that something must be electronic, please don't bother reporting it.  But if you find a place which seems to be pretending to have real bells when it doesn't, you can report it using the mail link at the bottom of this page, and we'll add it to this list of deprecated things.


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