The Howe Chimes


   Stearns Steeple
   Amherst College
   Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.37094, W 72.51569
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   Amherst College
   PO Box 5000
   Amherst, MA  01002-5000
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   Made by Wm.Blake & Co., Boston, MA;
   added semitone is flat 7th.
   The Steeple is all that remains of the
   former Stearns Church (ded.1873),
   which served as the college chapel
   until 1933; the main body was torn
   down in 1948.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of  9 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     E E   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 1871
     with bells made by Hooper/Blake
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001


On the college Website, there is a history of the chime, but no longer any photos of the steeple or of the church to which it was once attached.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Hooper/Blake 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 MA.


   This page was built from the database on 16-Aug-07
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/07/04
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/12/17

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