Database hardcopy (printouts)
As now used on this page, "hardcopy" means a file
in Portable Document Format (PDF) that you can download and print for yourself.
(Once upon a time, it meant a paper printout that we would produce and mail to you
through the postal service; unfortunately, the printer that was used for that has died
and cannot be replaced.)
"Why would I want special hardcopy when I can print Web pages right from my browser?"
That question may be in your mind right now.
There are several possible answers, mostly related to the fact that the site data pages
on this Website
are produced from a database which was originally designed to support print media.
(Don't overlook Disadvantages of hardcopy, below.)
You may want more detail on the technical aspects of tower bell installations
than we are currently able to deliver on a single-site Webpage.
You may want to have information prepackaged for you with multiple sites
per page, rather than having to spend the time to select and print
one page at a time yourself.
You may just like books, and want your own copy of whatever a book
titled "Carillons of the Americas" or "Carillons of the World" or
"Carillons of [wherever]" would look like if we went to press with it today,
without the delays and other disadvantages
of the ordinary printed-in-quantity paper publication process.
You may want a list of just the tower instruments which meet one or more criteria
that aren't implicit in the online indexes which we provide on this Website.
You may have one of the previous publications or printouts (standard or custom),
and just want to see the sites which have changed since it was produced.
Disadvantages of hardcopy (printouts and/or PDF)
- Plain text data and technical data for a site are not presented together
as they are on a single-site Webpage.
See how hardcopy is logically organized
(under Expanded Information, below).
- Technical data is presented in a coded form in tables, not in plain text.
You must interpret it using the code translation tables which are provided.
While this is not difficult to do,
it may feel awkward until you become accustomed to it.
(The reason for using tables is that much more information
can be displayed on a single page,
and it can be easier to compare technical aspects of different sites.)
In contrast, the site data pages on this Website have been extracted from
the database by a process which converts selected coded technical data
into plain text and incorporates it into the same page with the non-technical data.
- Revision dates for textual and technical data are not shown.
(But the year of the latest technical data source is included.)
- Information contained in the Links section of site data pages is not shown.
- Most of the information contained in pages about
great bells is not shown--
only the bare minimum for identification of place and size of such bells
that are not contained within other tower bell instruments.
Disadvantages specific to PDF (Portable Document Format) files
- Within PDF files for individual geographic regions (see below),
there may be comments which are not relevant to that file in isolation
because they refer to other sections of what was designed to be a complete book
with a fixed sequence of chapters.
- A previously announced disadvantage, that characters with diacritical marks
would display incorrectly, has been largely eliminated in the subsequent revisions
of the publication process.
That problem never occurred in paper printouts, but due to the death of the printer,
they are no longer available--only PDFs.
There are still a few stray characters that may not display properly;
see our Characters page for more information.
Downloading database printouts
Selected standard database printouts are available online as PDF files
which may be downloaded and printed.
If you don't yet have computer software that will display and print such files,
then you can download the free Adobe Reader by clicking the icon at right:
Versions of the Adobe Reader are available for many different computer systems.
Below are listed the currently available files (with date, page count, download size);
the sites included in each file correspond closely to those listed on this Website
as of the effective date, except as indicated.
(Nov.2018, 1 page, 4KB)
if you download any of these PDF files.
This page (or a different edition of it)
is also included as the first page of each of the following files.
(May 2020, 17 pages, 46KB)
An essential companion to all of the PDF files listed below.
- North America - carillons,
both traditional and non-traditional, as well as great bells in carillons
(Dec.2018, 78 pages, 327KB)
- Central and South America
(Dec.2018, 11 pages, 27KB)
* The above four files together are approximately equivalent
to an up-to-date edition of Carillons of the Americas
(see hardcopy history below).
Note that Mexico is included with North America,
not with Central and South America.
When printed, this amounts to 109 pages (eliminating redundant title pages).
- North America - chimes, chimolas, rings, zvons, etc.,
as well as great bells not in carillons
(Dec.2018, 130 pages, 550KB)
(Dec.2018, 31 pages, 95KB)
(Dec.2018, 16 pages, 59KB)
(May 2020, 30 pages, 83KB)
(Dec.2018, 30 pages, 89KB)
Includes all known sites not yet posted to the Website.
(Dec.2018, 10 pages, 20KB)
Includes all known chimes (mostly Veronese rings) not yet posted to the Website.
(Dec.2018, 48 pages, 149KB)
Includes all known sites not yet posted to the Website.
- British Isles
(Dec.2018, 24 pages, 80KB)
- Europe and North Atlantic
(Dec.2018, 32 pages, 108KB)
Includes all European countries except those identified above.
- Africa and the Mideast
(Dec.2018, 10 pages, 25KB)
- Asia and the Pacific Rim
(Dec.2018, 32 pages, 123KB)
(Dec.2007, 6 pages, 22KB)
- Tubular tower chimes in North America
(Apr.2014, 53 pages, 190KB)
- Tubular tower chimes worldwide outside North America,
excluding the British Isles,
(Apr.2014, 7 pages, 22KB)
* The set of all files listed above
constitutes a complete edition of Carillons of the World
(see hardcopy history below).
When printed, this amounts to 550 pages (eliminating redundant title pages).
NOTE: The individual sections (PDFs) are not titled like chapters in a
Instead, the equivalent of chapter headings are implicit in the page headings
of the various PDFs.
* The following special extracts are not part of the standard edition of
"Carillons of the World" but come from the same database and source material.
- Western hemisphere traditional carillons
(Mar.2020, 55 pages, 221KB)
- Eastern hemisphere traditional carillons
(Mar.2020, 94 pages, 382KB)
This pair of files ought to correspond closely with the
World Carillon Federation list of carillons,
although the sequence of listing is not the same.
- North America, non-traditional carillons
(Jun.2006, 17 pages, 63KB)
- North American multi-phase traditional carillons
(Jan.2002, 19 pages, 70KB)
Here is the additional information referenced from various places above.
- What else is in the database:
- The following items are in addition to what is displayed
on individual site data pages and described elsewhere on this Website:
- -> a potentially complete technical description of each phase
of an instrument's evolution before the present state,
including prior instruments at the same site that were totally replaced
- -> type of institution
- -> religious denomination of the institution (if any)
- -> latitude and longitude to the nearest minute (may be estimated),
with north latitude and west longitude positive.
(Note that this longitude convention is the opposite
of that used by all online mapping services and by our own mapping systems.)
- => When a complete geographic region (see below) is listed,
there is additional plain text "comment" material at the head
of each internal subdivision and interspersed among the site data entries.
- NOTE: The fact that the database can contain such details for
any instrument should not be construed as implying that the database
does contain such details for every instrument.
Much information remains to be acquired.
- How hardcopy is geographically organized into regions:
- * North America includes Canada, Mexico and the USA.
North American carillons (traditional and non-traditional intermingled)
- North American chimes and chimolas (separate files, combined for standard hardcopy)
- North American rings
- North American tubular tower chimes (carillon-sized and chime-sized intermingled)
* In each of the following geographic regions,
chimes and rings are in subdivisions after carillons
(traditional and non-traditional intermingled),
and tubular tower chimes are omitted:
- Central and South America
- Africa and the Middle East
- Asia and the Pacific Rim, including Australia, New Zealand, etc.
- Europe and North Atlantic (all countries not separately listed below, including Russia)
- British Isles (including Ireland and adjacent islands,
but omitting rings)
- Denmark and dependencies (present or former)
- Tubular tower chimes worldwide outside North America (see above)
but omitting the British Isles.
Geographic regions can be merged to a limited extent in a custom selection unit.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to treat the entire world as a custom selection unit,
because of computer limitations.
However, it is possible to treat either the entire Eastern Hemisphere or the entire
Western Hemisphere as a custom selection unit, with or without the inclusion of
tubular tower chimes.
- How hardcopy is logically organized:
- Within a geographical region or a custom selection unit are two or three subsections:
- -> Master Information Listing, or MIL (plain text data)
- -> Condensed Information Listing, or CIL (tabular technical data)
- -> Summaries (optional)
- * If defunct sites are known in a region, then both of the Listings
(or subsections of Listings) are subdivided into extant and defunct sites,
in that order.
* Within a Listing (or a subdivision),
sites are shown in alphabetical order by city.
* For a custom selection unit, a different sort order can be specified;
this may merge the extant and defunct subdivisions of included regions.
- After the last geographical region of a standard hardcopy
there may be composite summaries for all regions.
(This is not applicable to custom selection units.)
- Useful selection criteria:
- Any or all of the following criteria may be used to select a desired set of sites
from one or more geographic regions:
- + maximum and minimum latitude and longitude (to the nearest minute)
- + country and state (in USA)
- + country and province (in Canada)
- + country and département (in France)
- + country (anywhere)
- + bellfounder code letter
- + size (number of bells--exact value or min/max)
- + missing/added chromatics code letter
- + principal action code letter
- + any keyboard specification value
- + institutional code letter
- + denominational code letter
- + source code letter
- + source year (exact value or min/max, as YY or **)
- + date of most recent change to plain text data (what goes into a MIL, as YYMMDD)
- + date of most recent change to technical data (what goes into a CIL, as YYMMDD)
For any of these criteria, the matching test can be any one of the following:
less than, less than or equal, equal, greater than or equal, greater than, not equal
NOTE: This is not a complete list of all possible selection criteria.
the author about whether it might be possible to select sites
using a criterion of your choice.
It is not possible to select based on the content of any plain text type.
- Display criteria:
- For any set of sites selected using various selection criteria,
the resulting display can be varied as follows:
- + include in or omit from a Master Information Listing
each of the six main types of plain text information:
name, location, player, contact, schedule, remarks
- + include or omit a Condensed Information Listing
- + include various types of Summaries
- Custom publication:
- A custom publication is a database printout (PDF) made to order.
At the maximum, it can display all public information
about every site in the database.
At the minimum, it can display only those sites within a single geographic region
which meet criteria specified by the customer (see above).
In any case, it will include a title page, copyright information and copying restrictions,
and several pages of text explaining how to interpret the data presented therein.
If you think that a custom publication might fit your needs better than the
standard publications presently available as PDFs
(see downloads above),
then see the print-to-order page.
- Hardcopy history:
- Nov. 1970 - First article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
- Dec. 1971 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
- Dec. 1973 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
- Sep. 1976 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
- Jul. 1979 - First edition of Carillons of the World
("press run" was 75 copies on microfiche)
- Jan. 1980 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA.
The composite of the articles to this date is essentially equivalent to
the North American portion of the first edition of Carillons of the World.
- 1990-1992 - Seven custom database extracts for various people and purposes
- Jan. 1992 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA (Vol.XLI)
- Jan. 1992 - First edition of Carillons of the Americas
(press run not recorded), essentially equivalent to the collective content
of the six Bulletin articles to date.
- Dec. 1992 - The Editor of the Bulletin decided that no further
update articles would be published.
- 1992-2001 - Thirty-one custom database extracts
for various people and purposes
- Jan. 2002 - Basic hardcopy made available online as PDF files;
includes a complete equivalent of Carillons of the Americas.
- Nov. 2007 - Standard hardcopy made available online as PDF files;
includes a complete equivalent of Carillons of the Americas,
plus most of what would be Carillons of the World.
(Missing were Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands.)
- Apr. 2014 - Online PDF files expanded to include all geographic regions,
as well as tubular tower chimes outside of North America.
This is a complete equivalent of Carillons of the World.
In future, revisions of individual files will not be noted here.
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