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This page reports on the evolution of this Website during the year 2014.  This helps to keep the "What's New" page to a manageable size.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest at the top.  Dates of entries show when pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as their internal dates of revision.

2014/11/19 - Revised 8 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised locations and links for embedded photos in various site data pages (not listed); this is invisible to users, but should result in more efficient loading of pages.

2014/10/07 - Revised 1 site data page, renamed one and added 20 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Removed "-BRD" and "-DDR" tags from locator map links for German sites.

Revised the topmost page about tubular bells, especially with respect to the material of which they are made.

2014/09/02 - Revised 15 site data pages and added one (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly. 

Revised the Bellfoundries advice page to distinguish hybrid carillons more clearly; revised the Glossary pages similarly.

2014/08/30 - Revised 4 site data pages for tubular chimes (see list); deleted the site data page for Roslyn, NY, upon discovering that this tubular chime had been relocated to Port Washington, NY, which already had a site data page; deleted the site data page for Camden, NJ, upon discovering that this tubular chime had been relocated to Moorestown, NJ, likewise; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised the Deagan sites list to add more than 50 indications of installers and to improve a few dates; revised the Deagan table to match the date changes.

Updated the Website history.

Split 2013 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here; also removed all update locator maps for that year and their links.

2014/08/09 - Revised 24 site data pages (see list); solely to correct errors in encoding & describing technical data; revised affected indexes accordingly.  Visible changes to site data pages are minimal.

Revised the Summaries page, adding subordinate pages for two new types of summaries, with versions for every region of the world.  Summaries of one of these types have been available in hardcopy for many years (even before the Internet began), but have not previously been presented as Webpages.  Summaries of the other type have only been presented for North America, but are now presented for the rest of the world as well.

2014/08/05 - Added a new action category - "hybrid" - to describe instruments with baton keyboard but electric action.  For carillon-sized instruments, these will be treated as a special kind of non-traditional carillon but also listed in indexes to traditional carillons by city.  Data Top and Glossary pages were revised accordingly.

Revised 38 site data pages and added 17 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  This completes the site data pages for traditional carillons in Germany; some for non-traditionals and chimes (altogether about 100) remain to be added.

Revised the list of Deagan sites to add "altered" status indicators, and to bring other status indicators up to date; revised the corresponding summary page accordingly.

NOTE:  This update package was in preparation in early June, but its completion was delayed by travel to the annual Congress of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) and to the triennial congress of the World Carillon Federation (WCF); the latter trip supplied additional information that affected items already in the package, thus delaying completion even further.  (Other information acquired during these travels will be included in the next update package.)

2014/05/22 - Revised 9 site data pages and added 2 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly. 

Added a 5-bell glockenspiel in New Zealand to the index of glockenspiels.

2014/05/07 - Revised 36 site data pages and added 2 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  This includes upgrading Plainfield IL from a chime to a carillon and upgrading Haugesund NO from non-traditional to a traditional carillon.

Revised dates in the Gillett & Johnston historical notes.

Corrected the Dutch-language name of the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) wherever it occurred.

2014/04/23 - Revised 27 site data pages and added 25 (see list revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  This completes publication to the Website of all known carillons and chimes in Belgium.

Added a paragraph about a presumably lost carillon of Torhout, Belgium, and one about a lost chime of Deinze, Belgium, to the list of European sites that are no more.

Revised the foundry histories for Eijsbouts and Petit & Fritsen to reflect the merger that was announced recently.

Produced up-to-date versions of most PDFs for hardcopy, added four new files, and revised that page extensively.

Revised the 11-bell section of the North American index to chimes by number of bells to subdivide it according to the arrangement of semitones, as the 9-bell section has been for several months, and as the 10-bell section was recently done.

NOTE:  This set of revisions was originally expected to be uploaded to the Website in late March.  But a catastrophic failure of a key computer prevented that from happening.  Determining that the computer was unrepairable took weeks.  Fortunately, a nearly identical replacement was found on eBay, and its arrival early today enabled upload of these revisions to proceed.

2014/03/11 - Revised 16 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added another link to the online calculator for converting between different units of measure for the weights of bells, making it more accessible.

2014/02/26 - Minor revisions to our text in the page about the Hillsboro foundry.

Added some details to the Hanks-Meneely genealogy.

Revised the 10-bell section of the North American index to chimes by number of bells to subdivide it according to the arrangement of semitones, as the 9-bell section has been for several months.

Revised MapQuest locator map links in 2186 site data pages for consistency and speed; included were 356 fixes for obsolete versions.  Added MapQuest locator map links to 27 site data pages.  Revised Google locator map links in 2212 site data pages for faster loading.  Page revision dates were NOT changed for any of these pages.

2014/01/06 - Revised 21 site data pages and added one (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  Note that two "revised" site data pages are actually replacements for previously existing pages with different names, reflecting the relocation to Watervliet of the chimola formerly in Fulton County (NY) and the still mysterious identification of a Catholic church in Trinidad. 

Revised the lists of great bells of Europe based on the corrected weight of the bass bell in Bern and addition of the second bell there (see list above).

Revised the Deagan historical list to add a column showing the installer of each instrument; revised status descriptions and indicators for better consistency.

Revised the biography of R.H.Mayland slightly, based on evidence of family burials.

Added mention of the mostly destroyed peal of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Removed or replaced several broken links on the Revere foundry page.


Prior years' news has been moved into the following separate files to save space here:

2013 - See What was new in these pages during 2013?
2012 - See What was new in these pages during 2012 - the year of the merger?
2000-2011 - See What was new in the TowerBells pages before the merger?.
1996-2012 - See What was new in the GCNA data pages before the merger?


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