Episcopal Parish of St.Mark & St.John
   (formerly St.Mark's Church)
   Race Street, above Susquehannd Street
   Jim Thorpe (formerly Mauch Chunk),
     Pennsylvania, USA
   LL: N 40.86300, W 75.73865
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   Thomas G (Tom) Lager
   1495 Center Avenue
   Jim Thorpe, PA  18229
   T: (570)325-2233


   St.Mark & St.John's Church
   21 Race Street
   Jim Thorpe, PA  18229-2003
   T: (570)325-2241




   Rehung on new frame and electrified
   during expansion; original chimestand
   remained in tower.
   Added semitone is sharp 4th.
   Parishes merged in 1980.
   Electrification replaced with computer
   system and MIDI keyboard in 1998;
   unknown whether transposition changed
   or chimestand survives.
   Jul.2015: rehung with new strikers &
   controls by ChimeMaster

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1947
     with bells made by Meneely/Troy
   Prior history:
     In 1876, the instrument was begun with  9 bells
       by Jones       
       Transposition was nil (concert pitch)
       Keyboard range was:     D#--  /    ----  
       There was one added semitone
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001

The church Website has a photo of the tower on the Organ and Chimes page; the history mentions the original 9 bells but not the later enlargement to 12.  [Formerly there was a complete (but not illustrated) history of the chime.]  Electrified in Dec.1998 by Chime Master Systems; it is not known whether the chimestand remains in the tower.  The Race Street Run page (a separate Website) has a drawing of the whole building.

The News from ChimeMaster (timestamp 29 July 2015) reports their work.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Jones bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) 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  4-Nov-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/01/12
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/12/01

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