St.Joseph's Catholic Church
   Cottage Street
   Middletown, New York, USA
   LL: N 41.45283, W 74.41064
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   St.Joseph's Rectory
   149 Cottage Street
   Middletown, NY  10940-3704
   T: (845)343-6013   F: (845)344-4735




   Major triad on bass all swing; added
   semitones sharp 4th, flat 7th,
   sharp octave.  An 1800 lb McShane bell
   was added or replaced in 1953.
   Chimestand remains in tower.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 14 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are three added semitones
   1 bell was recast or replaced in 1953
     by McShane     
   Prior history:
     In 1910, the complete instrument of 14 bells was installed
       by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S3nC  
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2022
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The church Website has a 3-page history, which mentions that the tower was added after the initial construction of the present building (which was in 1879-80).  It isn't clear whether the tower was built for the chime, or earlier.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.
The final phase of this work is not indexed because the date of the added bell is unknown. (If it was a recycled bell, it will not be indexed anyway.)

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 26-May-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/05/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/09/30

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