Main Hall
   Wells College
   Main Street (NY Route 90)
   Aurora, New York, USA
   LL: N 42.74471, W 76.69811
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   Chimes Tower
   Wells College
   170 Main Street
   Aurora, NY  13026
   - or -
   T: (315)363-3264  [Admissions]
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   1745 daily during school term


   Added semitone is flat 7th.  Memorial
   plaques in entryway of Main Hall.
   Tenor no longer swings.
   Renovated and retuned by Meeks & Watson
   in 1994-5; their first retuning of a
   Troy-made chime; transmission replaced
   and stop bar added.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 10 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     F G   /    F A# 4
   There is one added semitone
   The bells were re-tuned in 1994
     by Meeks,Watson
   Prior history:
     In 1922, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by Meneely/Troy
   Year of latest technical information source is 2010
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.


The college Website pictures the belfry on the home page; a larger belfry photo is here. An aerial view of Main Hall appears on the "Why Wells" page; a more distant aerial view can be found on the Visiting Wells page under Admissions. The Virtual Tour includes an unusual perspective of the tower, but the browser requirements to view it are more stringent than what the Website states. The bells are mentioned on a page about student traditions, but are not described anywhere. The Bell Ringers are briefly mentioned on a page about student organizations.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) 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 NY.


   This page was built from the database on 29-Aug-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/08/28
   and on technical data last updated on 2010/08/28

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