Distribution of chimes in North America

The six grids on this page display graphically the distribution of chimes in North America according to the weight/pitch of either the heaviest or the lightest bell and the number of bells in each instrument.  The first pair of grids is for baton-keyboard chimes, while the second pair of grids is for all other chimes (excluding zvons and rings); both of these pairs were prepared in 2007.  The third pair of grids is for all chimes (excluding rings), and was prepared from current data.  All grids are laid out as follows:

Chimes with baton keyboards (as of 9-May-07)

Plot of site counts:  Bourdon Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
C0                                 C1                                  C2                                  C3             F3
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 TOT NR
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  0 23
 .                                   .       1                           .                                   .                 1 20
 .                                   . 1                                 .                                   .                 1 19
 .                                   .    1  0  0  0  0  0  2            .                                   .                 3 18
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0 17
 .                                   .    1                              .                                   .                 1 16
 .                               1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                                   .                 2 15
 .                                  1. 0  0  0  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1         .                 6 14
 .                                   .              +                    .                                   .                 0 13
 .                                  1. 0  0  1  0  2                     .                                   .                 4 12
 .                                   .    1  0  1  1  1  0  1            .                                   .                 5 11
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0 10
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0  9
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  4  8
 + Average chime: 13 bells, bourdon code 18 (min 12, max 34), based on 27 instruments with 0 unknowns

Plot of site counts:  Treble Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
C1                                 C2                                  C3                                  C4             ??
L 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 99 TOT NR
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     0 23
 .                                   .                                  1.                                   .                 1 20
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .             1   1 19
 .                                   .                   1  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  2                           .                 3 18
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0 17
 .                                   .                      1            .                                   .                 1 16
 .                                   .       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  1                  .                 2 15
 .                                   .          1  0  0  0  0  0  3  1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                 6 14
 .                                   .                          +        .                                   .                 0 13
 .                                   .          1  0  1  0  1  1         .                                   .                 4 12
 .                                   .             2  0  0  1            .                                   .             2   5 11
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0 10
 .                                   .                                   .                                   .                 0  9
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1   4  8
 + Average chime: 13 bells, treble code 34 (min 27, max 49), based on 27 instruments with 4 unknowns
NOTE: For each pair of plots on this page, the two plots can be expected to have the following similarities and differences:

Chimes without baton keyboards (as of 9-May-07)

Zvons and rings are excluded.
 
Plot of site counts:  Bourdon Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
                       C1                                  C2                                  C3                   G3    ??
5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 99 TOT NR
 .                       .                                   .                                   .                         2   2 99
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     0 23
 .                       .                                   .                                   .                         1   1 22
 .             1  0  0  0. 1  0  1                           .                                   .                             3 21
 .                      2. 0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1.                         2   9 20
 .                1  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                         2   6 19
 .                      1. 0  1  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  1.                         5  15 18
 .                      1. 0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0. 0  0  0  0  1           2   8 17
 .                      1. 2  5  1  0  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  2. 0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                         6  23 16
 .             2  1  1  3. 2  3  2  2  1  0  1  0  1  1  0  2. 0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1.                        10  35 15
 .                      4. 1  3  8  6  3  1  5  1  4  2  1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3.                        16  58 14
 .                1  0  2. 2 10  2  5  2  0  0  0  1         .                                   .                         1  26 13
 .                      8. 3 11  9  3 12+ 1  1  0  3  1  0  0. 0  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  1           8  65 12
 .                   1  3. 2 32 24 31 22  3  3  0  1  0  1  1. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1         .                        13 138 11
 .                      3. 4 24 42 25 53 18  5  0  2  4  0  3. 1                                 .                        11 195 10
 .       1  0  0  0  0  1. 0  1  4 16 22  3  2  1  1  1  0  1. 0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  1             11  67  9
 .  .  .  .  . 1. 0. 0. 3. 0. 2. 1. 2. 5. 1. 1. 3. 1. 0. 0. 1. 1. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7  30  8
 + Average chime: 12 bells, bourdon code 18 = F1 (min 8 = G0, max 42 = F3), based on 681 instruments with 98 unknowns

Plot of site counts:  Treble Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
           C2                                  C3                                  C4                         A5       ??
L 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 HI 99 TOT NR
 .           .                                   .                                   .                                     2   2 99
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     0 23
 .           .                                   .                                   .                                     1   1 22
 .       1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   .                                   .                                         3 21
 .           .                   2  0  1  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  2                                4   9 20
 .           .                         1  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1            .                                     4   6 19
 .           .                      1  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  1  0  1                         12  15 18
 .           .                      1  0  0  0  0. 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  5   8 17
 .           .             1  1  3  1  0  0  1  0. 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1       13  23 16
 .           .       2  1  1  2  0  1  1  0  1  1. 0  0  0  1  1                     .                                    23  35 15
 .           .          2  0  1  1  3  3  2  1  0. 1  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  1                   40  58 14
 .           .          1  1  1  2  1  1         .                                   .                                    19  26 13
 .           . 1  0  5  1  5  4+ 4  5  1  1  0  0. 0  0  0  0  1  1                  .                                    36  65 12
 .           . 3  2 17  7 14  9  4  1  1  1      .                                   .                                    79 138 11
 .           . 4  1  8 19  6 17  4  0  0  0  1  1.                                   .                                   134 195 10
1. 0  0  0  0. 0  1  8 12  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0. 1                                 .                                    42  67  9
1. 0. 0. 2. 0. 2. 0. 1. 4. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .17  30  8
 + Average chime: 12 bells, treble code 31 = F#2 (min 21 = G#1, max 62 = C#5), based on 681 instruments with 431 unknowns

All chimes (except rings), from current data

 
Plot of site counts:  Bourdon Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
                       C1                                  C2                                  C3                   G3    ??
5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 99 TOT NR
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     0 23
 .                       .                                   .                                   .                         1   1 22
 .             1  0  0  0. 1  0  1                           .                                   .                         1   4 21
 .                      2. 0  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1.                         2  10 20
 .                1  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                         3   8 19
 .       1  0  0  0  0  0. 0  2  2  0  1  0  2  0  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1.                         6  18 18
 .       1  0  0  0  0  1. 1  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0. 0  0  0  0  1           2  10 17
 .                      1. 2  5  0  0  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  2. 0  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1.                         5  23 16
 .             2  1  2  3. 3  2  2  3  3  0  1  1  1  1  0  2. 0  0  0  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1.                        10  41 15
 .                      4. 1  4  9  9  5  1  6  1  4  2  1  1. 0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  3. 0  0  0  0  1          19  74 14
 .                1  0  2. 3 11  2  5  2                     .                                   .                         1  27 13
 .                      6. 4 10 10  3 16+ 1  1  0  3  1  0  0. 0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  1           8  67 12
 .                   1  3. 2 27 19 29 19  4  3  2  1  0  1  2. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1         .                         4 118 11
 .                      3. 3 21 39 27 42 16  5  0  2  4  0  4. 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.                         9 177 10
 .       1  0  0  0  0  1. 0  2  5 14 23  2  2  3  1  1  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  1              3  59  9
 .  .  .  .  . 2. 0. 1. 4. 0. 2. 2. 2. 4. 1. 1. 3. 4. 0. 1. 1. 1. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7  37  8
 + Average chime: 12 bells, bourdon code 18 = F1 (min 8 = G0, max 42 = F3), based on 674 instruments with 81 unknowns

Plot of site counts:  Treble Weight Code (across) versus Number of Bells (up)
           C2                                  C3                                  C4                         A5       ??
L 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 HI 99 TOT NR
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     0 23
 .           .                                   .                                   .                                     1   1 22
 .       1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   .                                   .                                     1   4 21
 .           .                   2  0  1  0  0  1. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  2                                4  10 20
 .           .                         1  0  0  0. 0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1            .                                     5   8 19
 .           .                   1  1  0  0  0  0. 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  1                         14  18 18
 .           .                      1  1  0  0  1. 1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  4  10 17
 .           .             1  0  3  3  0  0  1  0. 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  1  0. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1       10  23 16
 .           .       3  1  2  2  1  1  1  1  2  2. 1  0  0  1  0  1                  .                                    22  41 15
 .           .          2  0  2  1  4  4  5  3  0. 2  0  2  1  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  1. 1  0  0  0  0  1                   43  74 14
 .           .          2  2  4  2  1  1         .                                   .                                    15  27 13
 .           . 1  0  3  3  5  5  5+ 9  3  1  0  1. 0  0  0  0  1                     .                                    30  67 12
 .           . 3  2 19  7 15 13  4  1  2  1  0  0. 1  0  1                           .                                    49 118 11
 .           . 2  0 13 26 13 22  6  0  0  1  2  1. 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0. 1                                  90 177 10
1. 0  0  0  0. 1  3  8 14  2  1  0  0  1         .                                   .                                    28  59  9
1. 0. 0. 2. 0. 2. 1. 1. 3. 1. 1. 1. 3. 0. 1. 1. 0. 0. 1.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .18  37  8
 + Average chime: 12 bells, treble code 32 = G2 (min 21 = G#1, max 62 = C#5), based on 674 instruments with 334 unknowns


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