Trinity United Methodist Church
   Main Street, north of School Street
   Montpelier, Vermont, USA
   LL: N 44.26141, W 72.57428
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   Michael Loris


   Trinity Church Office
   137 Main Street
   Montpelier, VT  05602-2990
   T: (802)229-9158


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   Added semitone is flat 7th.
   Bourdon also swings.
   Also an 1872 Meneely & Kimberly bell
   (E, c.2500 lbs), second-largest
   bell in Vermont.
   Repaired in 2010 by local organ builder
   Michael Loris.
   Keyboard modified (reversibly) in 2016
   by M.Loris, adding an outboard key to
   play the 1872 bell via its tolling
   hammer as the leading tone to the tonic
   note of the chime.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range: (E )F G   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The present keyboard was installed in 2016
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1908, the complete instrument of 10 bells was installed
       with bells made by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W1    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2016
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The church Website has a small photo of the building as a Facebook link; there a larger version of the photo can be seen, and mention of the recent reactivation of the bells might be found.  Back on the Website, the Visitor's Guide page has a different photo of the building.  Yet another photo appears on the Contact Us page.  But there is no history.

A Facebook video from Christmas 2015 shows the chimestand in use.  The clothesline is connected to the lowest bell, which does not play from the chimestand.
Another Facebook video, from outside on Advent IV, 2015.

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 VT.

   This page was built from the database on 20-May-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2016/09/06
   and on technical data last updated on 2016/09/06

Old swinging bell converted for chime use
Chimestand with added bass key
New bass action in chime mode
New bass action relaxed so bell can swing

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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