First United Methodist Church
   West Main Street at Lebannon Street
   Monongahela, Pennsylvania, USA
   LL: N 40.20334, W 79.92716
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   First Methodist Church
   430 West Main Street
   Monongahela, PA  15063-2552
   T: (724)258-7054   F: (724)258-7059




   Donated by Charles E. Stephens;
   added semitones sharp 4th & flat 7th;
   original action hand + electric.
   Tenor originally swung, in center of
   frame.  (Re-)electrified in 1969.
   Major tower renovation completed 2013;
   unclear if chime benefitted.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     D E   /    ----  
   There are two added semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1925
     with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: nCnW1 
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992

The church's new Website of the 2-church parish opens with a drawing of the building, but the bells are not mentioned.

A Facebook presence has a larger version of the same drawing.

A news story reports on a 4-year $450K renovation of bell tower completed in Nov.2013, but the accompanying photo shows a few of the chime bells without any clappers or other action, and the text does not make clear what was done to the chime.

A blogger's article relates the chime history, but is slightly misleading about the pre-1969 action.  It includes a photo taken in the belfry, showing the swinging tenor low-hung in the center of the frame rather than on top (as both Meneelys generally did).
There is a link to a video clip (which may not work on all browsers) composed of snapshots.  The sound of the Westminster quarters at the beginning and end of the video is NOT from these bells, but from an electronic device.

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 30-Jan-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/01/28
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/08/15

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