DAYTON - D : USA - OH

   Deeds Carillon

*Location:

   Deeds Memorial Tower
   Carillon Historical Park
   South Patterson Boulevard at
     Carillon Boulevard
   Dayton, Ohio, USA
   LL: N 39.73097, W 84.19760
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*Carillonist:

   Larry Weinstein
   PO Box 707
   Yellow Creek, OH  45387-0707
   H: (937)767-1216   W: (937)293-2841
   F: (937)293-5798
   E: Larry.Weinstein@wright.edu

*Contact:

   Dayton History
   Brady Kress, President
   1000 Carillon Boulevard
   Dayton, OH  45409-2023
   T: (937)293-2841   F: (937)293-5798
   E: pribic@daytonhistory.org

*Schedule:

   3pm every Sunday during open season
   (May 1 - Oct 31) for
   Carillon Historical Park
   (free--open 10-6 Tues-Sat,
   1-6 Sun & holidays)

*Remarks:

   Original carillon was the only one by
   Meneely of Troy; with it were 9
   non-speaking bells (later 8) not tuned
   to the carillon.  Old bass bell
   remains on display near the tower.
   Newest trebles were originally part of
   MECHANICSBURG - 4,  USA - PA  (see
   under 'Former Carillons' below).
   Aug.2005: Carillon Historical Park
   merged with Montgomery County Historical
   Society to form Dayton History.
   Electric action added to 32 notes
   in March 2010, instead of repairing
   the elevator.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 57 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     A#G   /    A#C 26
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1992
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1988, the present instrument was begun with 50 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
     In 1973, the original instrument was enlarged to its final size
       with bells made by vanBergen   
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1964, some bells were retuned
       by vanBergen   
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1942, the original instrument was begun with 23 bells
       by Meneely/Troy
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E32   
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 27 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   32 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  38 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Park Website can alse be reached through the Dayton History Website.  It includes some tiny photos and a very small amount of information about the carillon.

News articles (text, video(1:44)) touting the partial electrification in early 2010.  (Manual playing remains unaffected.)

Evening photo

Waymarking page, with tower photo

Building description from Emporis Buildings (no photos as of Aug.'07)
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth 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 North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Why the first instrument in this tower was a milestone in North American non-traditional carillon history (1942).

Index to all traditional carillons in OH.

Index to all tower bell instruments in OH.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/03/17
*Photos:

(none available)

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