St.Peter in Chains Cathedral (RC)
   Plum Street at West 8th Street
   Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
   LL: N 39.10358, W 84.51891
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   St.Peter in Chains Music Office
   325 West 8th Street
   Cincinnati, OH  45202-1977
   T: (513)421-2222   F: (513)421-9517
   - or -
   Anthony DiCello, Music Director




   The chime now at St.Teresa of Avila
   (see CINCINNATI - STT) was originally
   here; it was cast by George L. Hanks
   of this city in 1851 and dedicated
   on Jan.11, 1852.  A tower clock by
   Francis Stein (or Steine) was connected
   to those bells by July 4, 1852, and
   played tunes automatically at 3-hour
   intervals.  The clock was replaced in
   the 1930s by Verdin; the chime was
   sold and moved in 1955.  The hour bell
   cast by Hanks in the same year (1851)
   remains, and was rededicated with the
   new chime on Feb.24, 1957.  Keyboard
   and autoplay action replaced during
   general overhaul in 2010.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  5 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C E   /    NONE  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1955
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Year of latest technical information source is 2012


The Cathedral Website opens with an evening photo of the building.  But the History and Music pages say nothing about the present or former bells.

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

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.

Why the first chime at this site was a milestone in North American chime history (1851).

Index to all tower bell instruments in OH, including the previous chime from this building.


   This page was built from the database on 30-Jan-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2012/01/20
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/01/20

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