Edwin Thomas Memorial Chimes


   Catasauqua Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
     (was First Presbyterian Church)
   2nd & Pine Streets
   Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA
   LL: N 40.65533, W 75.47481
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*Former chimer:
   May1925 ded. M.H.Mettee of Baltimore


   Catasauqua Presbyterian Church
   210 Pine Street
   Catasauqua, PA  18032-2451
   T: (610)264-2595
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   Original installation included both the
   chimestand and an electric keyboard
   near the organ, presumably using
   solenoids within the chimestand.
   Added semitones sharp 4th & flat 7th.
   Cambridge (Westminster) quarters.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1925
     with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: OQ4   
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001

The church Website opens with a photo of the building.  There is a history page with an older depiction of the building, but the bells are not mentioned there, nor are they mentioned on the music page.

A newspaper article (The Allentown Morning Call, Sunday 10 May 1925, p10) announced the forthcoming dedication, described both types of action, and included a large photo of the church.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane 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 PA.

   This page was built from the database on  3-Mar-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/03/03
   and on technical data last updated on 1993/01/01

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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