..... All Tower Bells ..... Chimes our specialty.

Unfortunately, some churches with chimes are closing.

In recent years, due to a changing population shift out of downtowns, chimes have been and will continue to become available.

In a perfect world (were money not involved) the consensus of chimers and caretakers are that there is a moral obligation to use something resembling the pecking order offered here:

  1. Is there a reason for them to remain in the current location?
  2. Should an attempt be made to keep them in the area of their original funding?
  3. Make it publicly known that they are available.
  4. Can the Diocese move them elsewhere within itself or another diocese?
  5. Should they be sold to a business without a guarantee that they will be kept together as a chime? Unless they have a tower already waiting for a chime, I doubt it.   Remember, they are 50-150 years old historic instruments.
  6. Getting them out of the tower.  Who pays?
Moving a chime to another location? - A significant but nowhere complete checklist

  1. Should it be tuned?  Does this destroy the 'historic' nature of the chime?
  2. Foresight for maintaining, training and staffing with multiple people.
  3. Getting the chime into the tower on the correct levels..
  4. Where and how should the chime and playing apparatus be placed?
  5. Should it be re-mounted and played automatically?  Possibly yes.  Automatic computers have a legitimate place, but often last less than 20 years.
  6. Should it be re-mounted to also be played manually?  Absolutely YES.  Once the manual operation is gone, the true ‘historic’ of the chime is destroyed.  Some chimers consider past upgrades and disabling manual operation as criminal. Often, inattention to step#2 caused a misguided upgrade.
  7. Should more bells be added? Or provided for?  As each bell is added, more tunes can be played.  There is a set pattern to get the most tunes from each new bell.
  8. The most music available is in “C”, so most devices are labeled “C” regardless of the real notes.  Saves on manual transposition.
  9. Tours of several other installations is advisable.  No two chimes are alike.  Actually, it is part of the charm of each chime.
  10. Should a consultant be used to oversee all of these and other details?   Something you have to assess.

Competent companies from CT, MD, OH and PA  can perform the physical work.
We have NEVER seen incompetent workmanship in over 250 towers,
but we have seen things which we would have done differently.
You have to know what to contract for.


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