Summary of instruments
by country and type
The table below shows the numbers of tower bell instruments in each of the regions or countries
of the world for which this Website has indexes and summaries.
The "Conventional bells" columns include not only those made of cast bronze
but also those made of cast steel, cast brass or porcelain.
- Definitions of most regions should be obvious from their names.
"Europe" includes all European countries except those which are on the
British Isles and those which are individually listed.
"Asia & Pacific Rim" includes eastern and southern Asia plus Australia
and all intervening or nearby island countries.
Russia is included with Europe, and the Middle East is included with Africa.
- The countries listed individually or within the various regions are only those
known to have tower bell instruments of the types which are of interest
to this Website.
The choice of whether to index and summarize such instruments by country
or by region was based largely on the following criteria:
The "Countries" column gives the number of countries in each region which
have at least one tower bell instrument (of any kind) in the underlying database.
- The three countries of North America, being the focus of interest
of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA),
are treated as a unit and thus form a region.
- Outside of North America, those countries for which there are
"large" numbers of tower bell instruments are treated individually.
- Those countries which have "small" numbers of tower bell instruments
are grouped together in an approximate fit to the major continents.
- The relative definitions of "large" and "small" may change from time
- Each region or country name which is hyperlinked
leads to a page from which you can find all of the indexes and summaries
that have been produced for that region or country.
Those index pages lead to site data pages
for every known tower bell instrument in the corresponding region or country,
as well as pages listing all great bells that are not included in such instruments.
- "Conventional bells" include both cup-shaped and hemispherical bronze bells,
steel bells and porcelain bells.
Glass bells are included if they have been tuned.
- "Traditional carillons" are those equipped with baton keyboard
and mechanical transmission.
- "NT & unknown" includes non-traditional carillons, hybrid carillons,
and carillon-sized instruments with unknown mechanism.
- "Chimes" includes all types of instruments and collections with
8 to 22 bells.
- "Tubular chimes" are made of thick-walled tubular bells, and no distinction
is made here between carillon-sized and chime-sized instruments.
- In the British Isles, rings are not listed (over 2000 have at least 8 bells),
nor are those chimes without baton keyboards.
- Tubular tower chimes in the British Isles are not listed, though over 200
are known to have existed at one time (and many of those still exist).
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This summary page was created 2006/04/18 and last revised 2023/09/14.
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