[Bell Historians] Riverside / Chicago (was Oakham G&J)
jameshedgcock at h...
Sat Jun 12 21:35:16 BST 2004
--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "David Cawley" <dcawley at w...>
> Don't have the Riverside figures to hand, but Chicago University
were being cast at the same time. Again 72 bells, this carillon in
The fact that the Chicago carillon may be better than Riverside may
lie in the fact that it was cast as a complete instrument at the same
time, and remains the largest and heaviest to have been so done.
There is a sound clip on the North American Carillons site with the
bass bells swinging. There is an excellent article on the carillon
in The Society of Engineers Journal & Transactions Vol xx111
July/September 1932, No.3.
Riverside carillon was composed of new bells from G&J and the Park
Avenue Baptist Church carillon. The Van Bergen bells have been
replaced by Whitechapel.
I understand that Van Bergen would have had the lot out were it not
for the difficulties in getting the big ones out.
On Oakham, I was told today that in 1910 the church was advised to
have the bells weighed on arrival because the figures supplied by G&J
were not always accurate. I don't know if they did. Looking at
Nigel Taylor's figures for the tenor, they should have done!
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