Chimes in Germany:
index by weight (pitch)

For an explanation of our use of the tags BRD and DDR, see the long Note in the regional index overview page for this country.

The table below is an index to 111 existing German chimes, in order by the pitch of the bourdon (heaviest bell of the main keyboard range).  Instruments with the same bourdon pitch are in descending order by number of bells, then by missing semitones, then by city.  The key to the four column headings is at the end of the table, along with some other notes.

    Location (City : Country)               Note Chr  Nr  Transp
bourdon in the bass octave (20000 to 3000 kg) - 15 instruments
MUENSTER - D/2                : GERMANY-BRD  F#  *   10   -  peal/great
LUEBECK - 2                   : GERMANY-BRD  F#  *    9   -  peal
KOELN - D                     : GERMANY-BRD  G  +-    8   -
PASSAU - D                    : GERMANY      G  +-    8   -
REGENSBURG - D                : GERMANY      G   -    8   -
SCHEYERN                      : GERMANY      G# +*   14   -
VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN - 1    : GERMANY-BRD  G#  *    9   -
HERRENBERG - 2                : GERMANY      A* +-   20   -
HANNOVER - M                  : GERMANY-BRD  A  +*   11   -  peal
TRIER - D                     : GERMANY-BRD  A  +*   10   -

FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN - STB/1     : GERMANY      A  +*    9   -
FREIBURG-IM-BREISGAU - M      : GERMANY-BRD  A# +-   16   -
MARIA LAACH                   : GERMANY      A#  *   12   -
SPEYER                        : GERMANY-BRD  A# +*    9   -
FULDA                         : GERMANY      B  +-    9   -
bourdon in the middle octave (2500 to 300 kg) - 12 instruments
MAGDEBURG - STM               : GERMANY-DDR  C   *   10   -  peal
BAD DRIBURG                   : GERMANY      C   *    9   -  peal
MUENSTER - D/1                : GERMANY      C#  -   10   -
BERLIN - KW                   : GERMANY-BRD  D# +*    9   -
LUENEBURG - M                 : GERMANY-BRD  E   I    9   0
BREMEN - STM                  : GERMANY-BRD  F   -   19   -
KOELN - B                     : GERMANY-BRD  F# +*    8   -
PASSAU - P/2                  : GERMANY      G   -   19   -
PRUEM                         : GERMANY-BRD  A#  -   12   -
SAMMAREI                      : GERMANY-BRD  A#  -   12   -

FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN - B         : GERMANY-BRD  A#  *    8   -
GEISLINGEN                    : GERMANY-BRD  B   -   14   -
bourdon in the treble octave (250 to 60 kg) - 13 instruments
BERLIN-BORSIGWALDE            : GERMANY-BRD  C   J   13   0
BUER - 3                      : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   16   -
GOETTINGEN - JK               : GERMANY-BRD  C   K   15  12
OSNABRUECK                    : GERMANY-BRD  C#  X   17   -
HILCHENBACH                   : GERMANY-BRD  E   X   16   -
ARNSDORF                      : GERMANY-DDR  E   -   11   -
WOCKLUM                       : GERMANY-BRD  F#  -   14   -
BAD BERLEBURG                 : GERMANY-BRD  G   X   18   -
BAD GRUND                     : GERMANY-BRD  G   -   18   -
FARMSEN                       : GERMANY-BRD  G   -   16   -

KOERBECKE                     : GERMANY      G   -   14   -
MUENCHEN - P                  : GERMANY-BRD  G   -   13   -
HERRENBERG - 3                : GERMANY      G   -   11   -  peal
bourdon in the "itty-bitty" octave (55 kg or less) - 15 instruments
GESCHER - M                   : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
HAMBURG - I                   : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
KAISERSWERTH                  : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
KRANKENHAGEN                  : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
LAATZEN                       : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
MUELHEIM-RUHR                 : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
OPLADEN-LEVERKUSEN            : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
RENDSBURG                     : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
WERL                          : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   18   -
TRIER - FS                    : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   14   -

DORMAGEN                      : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   12   -
KEVELAER - B                  : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   12   -
MUEMMELMANNSBERG              : GERMANY-BRD  C   -   12   -
RUEDESHEIM                    : GERMANY-BRD  D   X   14   -
KEVELAER - H                  : GERMANY-BRD  G   -   10   -
weight unknown - 56 instruments
LEMGO                         : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   22   -
KOELN - K                     : GERMANY      -  +*   21   -  peal/chime/great
FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN - STB/2     : GERMANY      -   -   21   -  coll
GOETTINGEN - EK               : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   20   -
KOELN - H                     : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   20   -
KONSTANZ                      : GERMANY      -   -   20   -
SIEGBURG                      : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   20   -
WUERZBURG - STK               : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   20   -  peal
GOSLAR                        : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   19   -
SAARBRUECKEN                  : GERMANY      -   -   19   -

STUTTGART-FREIBERG            : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   19   -
APOLDA                        : GERMANY      -   -   18   -
BAD SULZA                     : GERMANY      -   -   18   -
DUESSELDORF - M               : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   18   -
FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN - H         : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   18   -
GOTHA                         : GERMANY      -   -   18   -
MECKENHEIM                    : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   18   -
MUENCHEN - JF                 : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   18   -
NEHEIM                        : GERMANY      -   -   18   -
NEUMARKT                      : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   18   -

FLENSBURG                     : GERMANY      -   -   17   -
ABENSBURG                     : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
ALFELD                        : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
CELLE                         : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -
CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD/Z        : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -
ESCHWEGE                      : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
HALTERN-AM-SEE                : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -
HINTERZARTEN                  : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
JEVER                         : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -
NIERSTEIN                     : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -

PFORZHEIM - EK                : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
RANSBACH                      : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
ROTENBURG                     : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
SCHWALMSTADT                  : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
SOLTAU                        : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
STEINHEIM                     : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   16   -
WOLFENBUETTEL                 : GERMANY      -   -   16   -
PLOCHINGEN                    : GERMANY      -   -   15   -
KOBLENZ                       : GERMANY      -   -   14   -
WEINHEIM                      : GERMANY      -   -   14   -

BOCHUM - B                    : GERMANY      -   -   13   -
WUERZBURG - BW                : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   13   -
ETTERZHAUSEN                  : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   12   -
HEIDENHEIM                    : GERMANY      -   -   12   -
KARLSRUHE - MS                : GERMANY      -   -   12   -
KULMBACH                      : GERMANY      -   -   12   -
REGENSBURG - STJ              : GERMANY      -   -   12   -
NUREMBERG                     : GERMANY      -   -   11   -
MUENCHEN - D                  : GERMANY      -   -   10   -
PADERBORN - D                 : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   10   -

SCHWANDORF                    : GERMANY      -   -   10   -
ULM - M                       : GERMANY-BRD  -   -   10   -  peal
DONAUWOERTH                   : GERMANY      -   -    9   -
HOEDINGEN                     : GERMANY-BRD  -   -    8   -
UEBERLINGEN/BODENSEE          : GERMANY-BRD  -   -    8   -
GOETTINGEN - G                : GERMANY-BRD  -   -    ?   -

Key to column headings:

Note
pitch of the bourdon (bass bell) of the instrument.  (In rare instances there may be a heavier sub-bourdon bell; see below.)

Chr
chromatics indicator:
Z = fully chromatic (no missing semitones)
Y = missing one semitone in the bass (typically keyboard C# or B)
X = missing two semitones in the bass (typically keyboard C#,D# or B,C#)
H = fully diatonic (no added semitones)
I = diatonic plus one added semitone
- = unknown
* = other; see Remarks in the site data page

Nr
number of bells (notes) in the instrument.

Transp
transposition from the keyboard notes to the pitches of the corresponding bells, in semitones.  (Thus the number "12" reflects transposition upward one octave, while "-3" reflects transposition downward by a minor third.)

Notes:

The table is sorted first on the pitch of the bass bell, then on the number of bells, then on the chromatics indicator, then on the city.  The actual weight of the bass bell is not used.

The weight range indicators for each octave are only gross approximations, and should not be taken to represent any specific bell.  They are irrelevant for instruments made of porcelain bells, so those are not included here.


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