SOLOTHURN : SWITZERLAND

*Location:

   St.Ursus Cathedral
   Solothurn, Switzerland
   LL: N 47.20843, E 7.53972
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*Remarks:

   Octave in Ab from 4075kg, plus 3 small
   bells, all cast 1766-8 by Gebrüder
   Jost & Joseph Kaiser, of Zug.

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument or collection of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the bass octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   1 bells were recast or replaced in 1901
     by Rüetschi    
   Prior history:
     In 1768, the complete instrument of 11 bells was installed
       with bells made by the maker cited in Remarks above
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2019
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

A news article (Feb.2019) discusses the significance of the number of bells (11) for the cathedral and for the town.  A photo of the building does not include the bell tower.

The English Wikipedia article about the building has a photo that shows the bell tower plus a section about the bells.  An associated Wikimedia category has many current and historical pictures of the building, inside and out, but none of the bells.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Rüetschi bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all European chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Switzerland.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 15-Sep-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/06/06
   and on technical data last updated on 2019/06/06
*Photos:

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