The Carroll Chimes


   Goebel Park
   Philadelphia Street at West 6th Street
   Covington, Kentucky, USA
   LL: N 39.08421, W 84.52063
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*Past carillonists:
   William C. Wayne, Jr.
   Richard D. Gegner   (C)


   Covington Parks & Recreation
   20 West Pike Street
   Covington, KY  41011
   T: 859-292-2151
   - or -
   Brandon Holmes,
     City Neighborhood Services Director
   T: 859-292-2164


   Rarely played by hand; automatic play
   accompanies jacquemarts acting out
   the Pied Piper story.


   2007: Verdin upgrading automatics to
   include all bells; but no improvements
   for the manual action.
   2022: exterior repairs to the tower
   did not include any work on the bells.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 43 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  9 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    C G   
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1979
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E     
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1991

The city page about Goebel Park has a photo that includes the tower, and a paragraph about it.

City news article (July 2022) about repairs to the tower (bells unfortunately not included)

News article (Feb.2017) on planned repair of the glockenspiel, which has been non-functional since a lightning strike in 2016 clobbered the computer that drives it.
Another news article is a transcript of the accompanying video clip (1:41), which has a brief view of the bells, keyboard and moving figures.

On the Mainstrasse Website, part of the tower is visible in a drawing, but it seems to be not mentioned anywhere.

News article with clickable photo of the tower

Illustrated article

Photo and description from Glockenspiel USA.

Waymarking page about the tower

Tour of the tower, with 39 photos - all clickable for larger versions, but most of those are severely distorted).  Unfortunately, the photo of the playing keyboard seems to show that it's in derelict condition.

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

Index to all glockenspiels 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 traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other medium carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in KY.

Index to all tower bell instruments in KY.

   This page was built from the database on 18-May-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/04/05
   and on technical data last updated on 1994/01/11

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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