East Tower
   Immaculate Conception Cathedral (RC)
   East Colfax Avenue at Logan Street
   Denver, Colorado, USA
   LL: N 39.74017, W 104.98197
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   Kathleen MacLean,
     Organist and Co-Director of Music
   W: (303)831-7010x252
   - or -
   Immaculate Conception Cathedral
   1530 Logan Street
   Denver, CO  80203-1914
   T: (303)831-7010   F: (303)831-9514




   Added semitones: the usual sharp 4th &
   flat 7th plus minor 6th & flat 9th.
   Originally documented by the maker as
   being in the key of D-flat, though
   chimestand was labelled in E-flat; but
   modern measurements of the tenor
   put it close to concert D-natural.
   Rehung on new frame by Verdin, with
   electric action; unknown whether
   chimestand remains in tower.
   Four bass bells formerly swung by rope,
   from chiming room; now motorized.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 15 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C# in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    NONE  
   There are four added semitones
   The present keyboard was installed in 2013
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1912, the complete instrument of 15 bells was installed
       by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W4nC  
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  0 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   30 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  32 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  80%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2014
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The Cathedral Website has a tiny photo of the building; the East Tower is the one on the right.  This chime is not mentioned anywhere.

A Waymarking page for these bells has 5 photos.

An old postcard shows the building as it was long ago.  Another version is here (though the claim of "largest chime" transcribed from the card is incorrect, and was when the card was published).

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in CO.

   This page was built from the database on 31-Aug-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/08/07
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/06/22

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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