[Bell Historians] Baton Clavier

davidhird_uk davidhird_uk at ...
Tue Dec 20 13:11:53 GMT 2005

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, Carl S Zimmerman 
<csz_stl at s...> wrote:
> At 15:19 +0000 05/12/19, George Dawson wrote:
> >I'm sure CSZ will tell you that it is typical of American 
> >chimes!
> >GAD
> George is right! ;-) But Over Here we call them pumphandle 
> chimestands, not baton claviers (a term reserved for the type of 
> keyboard that is typical of carillons, whether English-made or 
> otherwise).
> In fact, the chimestand pictured was manufactured by 
> Meneely/Watervliet for the 11-bell chime installed in Hopedale, 
> Mass., in 1910. You can find my page about it at 
> http://www.gcna.org/data/MAHOPEDL.HTM, and on that page is a link 
> an full article about the church which contains the chime. That 
> leads to another with much more information about the bells, 
> including a slightly distorted (and much smaller) version of the 
> photo which started this thread.
> Thanks, Richard!
> P.S. The church article refers to "ropes", but as you can see 
> the large version of the photo, the connections from the 
> to the bells are wooden rods. The round "faucet handles" at the 
> level of the music rack are to adjust the length of each 
> that's primitive by modern standards, but quite effective.
> One unusual aspect of this chime is that the swinging tenor is 
> situated within the main frame, as you can see. This arrangement 
> used because the tower is very broad but low; normally a swinging 
> tenor is placed on top of the chime frame.

The link doesnt work.



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