First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
   West Broadway at C Street NW
   Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA
   LL: N 34.17489, W 97.13127
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   First Presbyterian Church
   223 West Broadway Street NW
   Ardmore, OK  73401-6228
   T: (580)223-3800




   Bells removed Dec.2002 because of
   frame deterioration (totally exposed to
   weather); retuning & reconstruction
   completed Mar.2004.
   Tenor swings; all playable from organ
   or computer as well as chimestand.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The bells were re-tuned in 2004
     by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1919, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt
   Auxiliary mechanisms: OEW1  
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The city's online newspaper,, once had good articles about the bells' removal in Dec'2002 and their return in Mar'2004. Each accompanying photo is clickable to see a larger version.

A photo of the building (pre-removal) makes clear that the chime is on the tower roof, not in the belfry.  The new frame is made of steel instead of timber, but retains the original cast-iron A-frames to support the swingable tenor bell.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) 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 OK.

   This page was built from the database on 25-Oct-13
   based on textual data last updated on 2013/10/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2002/12/19


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