BREMEN - PM : GERMANY-BRD 19?? C chime Porzeleinfabriek Meissen DRESDEN : GERMANY-DDR 19?? E non-trad Glockenspielpavilion Zwinger [palace] FREIBERG : GERMANY ???? C chime Rathaus MEISSEN - F : GERMANY-DDR 1929 C non-trad Frauenkirche BREMEN - B : GERMANY-BRD 1930 C (non-trad) Haus des Glockenspiels DRESDEN : GERMANY-DDR 1933 F non-trad Glockenspielpavilion Zwinger [palace] MEISSEN - PF/H : GERMANY 1938 C [non-trad] Porzelein-Fabrik/Hof BREMEN - B : GERMANY-BRD 1954 C (non-trad) Haus des Glockenspiels BAERENFELS : GERMANY-DDR 1955 C non-trad Glocken des Friedens (Bells of Peace) Kurpark LUENEBURG - R : GERMANY-BRD 1956 C non-trad Rathausturm MEISSEN - PF/S : GERMANY 1960 C [non-trad] Porzelein-Fabrik/Schauhalle ZITTAU : GERMANY-BRD 1966 C chime Freestanding structure LEIPZIG : GERMANY-DDR 1970 C (non-trad) Mädler-Passage (indoors) ULM - KA : GERMANY-BRD 1979 C chime Kaufhaus Abt PYHÄSALMI - 1 : FINLAND 1988 C non-trad Vaskikello (Brassbellstore) Bell Museum (restaurant, indoors) porcelain bells by Meissen (DDR) and Otto GmbH (BRD) BREMEN - B : GERMANY-BRD 1992 C non-trad Haus des Glockenspiels SELB : GERMANY 1994 C chime Rathaus LEUTERSHAUSEN : GERMANY 1996 F chime Rathaus LEIPZIG : GERMANY-DDR 1997 C non-trad Mädler-Passage (indoors) LEUTERSHAUSEN : GERMANY 2007 E chime Rathaus
The Website of the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH provdes contact information.
The German Wikipedia article about Meissen porcelain and the Meissen factory has a detailed history, and refers to a separate article about porcelain glockenspiels; that discusses their origin and manufacture, and lists many present and former instruments. It also identifies the following firms (all in Germany) that have been involved in their installation and service:
Small porcelain bells were made as early as 1737 A carillon by Johann Joachim Kändler from 1739 is today in the porcelain collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. It is a cupboard or table chime with 52 bells.
it was not until 1929 that porcelain bells could be produced with a good sound and of a size for installation in a tower. Although there have been occasional mentions of "tuning" porcelain bells, it appears that unlike bronze bells, porcelain bells are not tunable after manufacture, so they must be molded perfectly before being glazed and baked.
For an example of the sound of porcelain bells, see the page about the glockenspiel in the Lüneburg Rathaus. It has an audio clip (1:58) with single-note melody followed by 2-part harmony and then 3-part harmony.
About 1950, a striking mechanism with four bells was placed in the show hall of the manufactory. As of 2014, it was still there.
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