AMES - 2 : USA - IA

   Traveling demonstrator


   Iowa State University
   Ames, Iowa, USA
   LL: N 42.025, W 93.646
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   Tin-shi Tam   (C)
   ISU Department of Music
   057 Music Hall
   Ames, IA  50011-7164
   W: 515-294-2911   F: 515-294-6109


   ISU Department of Music and Theatre
   Music Administrative Office
   149 Simon Estes Music Hall
   2427 Union Drive
   Ames, IA  50011
   T: 515-294-3831   F: 515-294-6409




   Composed of three wheeled units plus
   panels that model the Campanile at 1/5
   scale.  Practice keyboard in Music Hall.
   Bass bell 140#; note taken from video.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 27 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the itty-bitty octave
   Transposition is up two octaves
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    NONE  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   There is an identical practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 2018
     with bells made by Meeks,Watson
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  1 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:    1 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:   2 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  98%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2019

ISU pages about the demonstration carillon

YouTube video (1:16) of a student concert, with the first note on the bass bell

News article (22Oc'19) about celebrations at Iowa State U, and Tin-Shi Tam.  With video (2:41) that includes this new instrument under construction.

News article about this mini carillon; may be inaccessible because of a paywall.

An information article covers both the tower carillon and the new model carillon, with several photos.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meeks & Watson bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all traditional carillons in IA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in IA.

   This page was built from the database on 21-Sep-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/08/16
   and on technical data last updated on 2023/09/21

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