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Added a variety of external links to various site data pages that were not updated in the database, and therefore are not enumerated here.
Revised 54 site data pages and added 45
revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
All pages for traditional carillons in Germany have been revised to link to the appropriate page on the current DGV Website, whether or not they were otherwise updated in the database.
Added a new page listing degraded European tower bell instruments.
Clarified the conventions used for telephone number area codes, in the page about standard format for site data pages, and made various other minor improvements to wording there.
Updated links on some site data pages (not enumerated, though telephone numbers have been reformatted in the database).
Revised the worldwide summary of instruments by country and type.
2023/06/22 - Corrected character encoding in 34 assorted pages (not itemized); modernized locator map links where needed.
Updated the Website map to reflect changes in the past
Revised the Data Top page to provide a more visible link to the recently added page about Wanamaker bells, which itself was revised slightly.
2023/05/16 - Fixed several broken links, and improved a few locator maps for great bells not in carillons.
Removed to archive all update lists for 2010.
2023/05/11-13 - Changed to UTF-8 the page encoding of all root pages and essays, as well as some text pages in the data section, to make it easier to verify that the public Website matches private mirrors (which are on Macintosh machines).
Fixed several broken links.
Revised the "Direction" note block which follows (and floats in this page):
"To travel far, you must choose a direction"
The direction in which the TowerBells Website is traveling can be seen in the worklist which is set out below. In roughly prioritized order, this shows the major tasks which the author has set himself, and which are intended to result in future news items on this page.
/signed/ Carl Scott Zimmerman, database owner
2023/04/23 - Revised 26 site data pages, renamed one and added one (see list or map); removed the site data page for the Deagan tubular chime reported to be in Shalom Baptist Church in Philadelphia PA, upon discovering that this congregation is a successor in the building that once held the Reformed Episcopal Memorial Church of Our Redeemer; replaced the site data page for the Deagan tubular chime of the former Linwood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City MO with a paragraph in the page about sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Expanded the entry for the Todd-Donigan Iron Company (Louisville, KY) in the research notes for the Goeppinger book based on a report of another bell bearing that firm's name.
Added a new article about Wanamaker bells.
Supplied missing links to Italy pages in the worldwide list of Summaries.
Corrected the "What's New" links on the Data Top pages (with and without frames).
2023/03/18 - Revised 25 site data pages and added 4 (see list or map); removed the site data page for the McShane chime in Shenandoah PA, replacing it with a paragraph in the page about sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Revised the Tower Bells introductory page to explain more clearly what we do or do not list with respect to peals and clock-chimes, and to clarify the paragraph about bell wieights.
Updated Apple Maps authorization token.
Slightly revised the article on Taylor's Doubled Trebles, including correcting the number of duplicated bells at Springfield, Massachusetts.
Revised the essay on philanthropy.
2023/01/21 - Revised 35 site data pages and added 3 (see list or map); replaced the site data page for the Deagan tubular chime chime at Brookings, SD, with an entry in the list of tubular sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Revised the story of the builder.
Fixed several broken internal links.
2023/01/03 - Expanded the Goeppinger book research notes regarding New York City bellfounders C. Brinckerhoff (scroll down), Force (both Cornelius and Ephraim), and Sayre & Force; added a sentence to the end of the paragraph about Tips for use.
Expanded the description of the lost chime of jeweler E.P.Percival of Philadelphia.
Added a new list of carillon keyboard indexes to make it easier to compare the keyboard ranges of traditional carillons in different regions of the world.
Revised the article about Naylor Vickers in North America to reflect the current number of known bells produced.
Added details for the great bell of Budapest.
2022/10/19 - Revised 176 site data pages to remove links to the now-defunct Emporis Website, which provided data and photographs of significant buildings; but left our Emporis Hints page intact to show what has been lost. Also updated any old-style locator map links that were found in these pages. Since there were no changes to the underlying database, there is neither list nor map to reference these changed pages.
Added photos to the site data pages for Loreto Cloister, Prague, Czech Republic; Glockenspielpavilion, Dresden, Germany; Frauenkirche, Meissen, Germany; Museum Klok & Peel, Asten, Netherlands; and the Minster, York, England. The database was unaffected.
Expanded the C.T.Robinson entry in the Goeppinger book research notes.
Added photos for The Burleson Bells, Austin, TX, USA.
2022/09/13 - Corrected the attribution of the Gloucester MA carillon on the Milestones page.
Added information about Lusk & Co. to the Research Notes on Large Bells of America.
Added information about the larger great bell of Kiev, Ukraine.
Updated the summary of practice keyboards for North American traditional carillons.
Revised the history of the Vanbergen bellfoundries
Revised the description of a (former) great bell of Ukraine, and removed it from regional maps.
NOTE: Prior to 2022, the common convention for recording telephone numbers in the USA was to use the format "(nnn)nnn-nnnn", indicating that the first three digits (the so-called "area code") were not used when calling from a wired telephone within the geographical area of that code. In early 2022, a nationwide change made use of the area code mandatory in all circumstances. Therefore, in subsequent updates to this Website, all telephone and fax numbers in the USA will be reformatted as "nnn-nnn-nnnn". (However, updates will not be done solely for reformatting purposes.)
Added a new summary for North American traditional carillons, showing what is known about the presence or absence of practice consoles.
Add an entry for 1951 to the list of former carillons in North American expositions.
Revised the Glossary to improve the definitions of "console" and "keyboard," including the addition of "practice console."
Revised the report generator program so that site data pages produced in the future for traditional carillons will clearly indicate that the practice console status is unknown when that is true.
Improved the statistics display for regional locator maps.
Added two new entries to the page on books about bells.
Split 2021 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.
2022/06/14 - Revised 31 site data pages and added 10 (see list or map), including rectification of some Dutch city names (IJ vs Y); removed site data page for the chime of St.Rita of Cascia Shrine Church, Bronx, NY, upon discovering that its bells were used as the foundation of the chime of Milton, MA; removed site data page for the chime listed in West Chester OH upon finding that it is actually a set of aluminum shells; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Expanded the definition of "hybrid carillon" to include instruments with piano-style keyboard but mechanical action.
Provided missing foundry link for the great bell of Deerfield, IL.
2022/05/20 - Revised 8 site data pages and added 117, all in Italy (see list or map); moved all previously existing index entries for sites in Italy out of the general European indexes into a new set of indexes for Italy, similar to those for other European single-country indexes. Included are new indexes for four Italian bellfoundries-- Capanni, Cavadini, Colbachini and De Poli, as well as summaries for Italy and an updated PDF for Italy. This completes (finally!) the construction of site data pages for all sites that were in the underlying database when this project began 25 years ago. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done--see the "Direction" note block.
Revised the summary of instruments worldwide, reflecting the addition of more than 500 sites since it was last revised.
Revised the page about the standard format of site data pages to explain the situation (common in Italian rings and chimes) where the initial (or only) phase of an instrument is composed of bells by multiple founders and of a variety of ages.
Revised the Bellfoundries advice page to explain why and how "Complete" may be not an accurate reflection of the origin of the bells of an instrument.
Revised the definitions of instrument type abbreviations used in indexes, primarily to distinguish the various Italian styles of full-circle ringing and to explain compound types.
Revised the list of bellfoundries to include several minor foundries that contributed to recently added sites.
Revised the Website map for accuracy.
Revised the Website history, incorporating a graph that shows the number of sites in the database for every year since 1975.
Removed update map links from the 2018 news file, as being no longer needed.
Revised 92 site data pages and added 2
or map), including:
- Replaced page for Peoria AZ with page for Las Vegas - MR, NV.
- Merged page for Kobenhavn - M, Denmark with duplicated page for Valby, replacing the latter with cross-references in the appropriate indexes.
Revised the help text for site locator maps to reflect Google's change in tilt view controls.
Split 2020 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.
2022/02/06 - Add Footnote 5 to the essay on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.
2022/01/30 - Updated the authorization key for Apple Maps.
2022/01/26 - Revised 185 site data pages and added 31 (see list or map), including merging the previous separate entry for the defunct original Taylor foundry carillon into the site data page for the present instrument, as well as replacing the page for a mystery zvon in Howell MI with a page for a confirmed zvon in Howell NJ.
Added an entry for a newly-discovered lost McShane chime.
Added to the Research Notes on Large Bells of America various items related to Baltimore bell and brass works (added to p.61), Clampitt & Regester (p.78), and five other Regester entries (p.142).
Replaced the site data page for the McShane+Paccard chime at Conshohocken, PA, with an entry in the list of sites that are no more.
Revised the entry for the lost tubular chime of the Chicago Auditorium organ.
Revised the Hillsboro foundry page to describe more accurately how bells from that foundry may be identified.
Revised the history of the Bergholtz foundry (now closed).
Added to the history of the McShane foundry (now closed).
Made a minor change to the maintenance page.
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