APPINGEDAM : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   Nicolaïtoren
   Sint Nicolaaskerk
   Wijkstraat at De Riepe
   Appingedam, Groningen, Netherlands
   LL: N 53.32000, E 6.85722
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*Player:

   Adolph Rots, stadsbeiaardier
   E: adolph.rots @ hetnet DOTnl

*Contact:

   Stichting Damster Klokkenspel
   E: dijkado /@/ netnet DOTnl

*Schedule:

   Fridays 1915-45, mid-May to mid-Sep

*Remarks:

   Original bells cast by François Simon;
   in 1834, six surviving bells were
   reinstalled in new tower by van Bergen
   (Midwolda), who provided 8 new bells.
   (One Simon bell is now in the Museum
   Stad Appingedam, or City Museum.)
   Expansion of 1959 added 12 bells,
   replacing none; expansion of 1991
   replaced all van Bergen bells and two
   by Taylor.
   New drum from Eijsbouts installed by
   Reiderland Foundry in 1999.
   Three bass bells also swing by hand.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 51 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  7 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D 50/    A#G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 2000
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1991, the instrument was enlarged to 50 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
     In 1959, the instrument was enlarged to 37 bells
       by vanBergen   
       ( 0 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1911, the instrument was begun with 25 bells
       by Taylor      
       (23 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1620, a complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2008
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

WCF photo of the tower

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the fifth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL.Groningen.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 28-May-08
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/05/27
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/05/27


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