TAMAQUA : USA - PA

*Location:

   Trinity United Church of Christ
   (was Trinity Reformed Church)
   Lafayette Street at Washington Street
   Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, USA
   LL: 40.79846, W 75.97070
Site locator map

*Player:

   (unknown)
*Former chimer:
   14Oc1962 reded. by Arthur Bigelow

*Contact:

   Trinity Church
   22 Lafayette Street
   Tamaqua, PA  18252-1315
   T: (570)668-4139   F: (570)668-5367
   E: officetamaquatrinity@verizon.net

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Added semitone is flat 7th.
   For 1961 reinstallation in new building,
   A.Bigelow built new baton keyboard
   with space for 3 more bells.
   Bass bell swings.  Two replacement
   bells reproduce the old inscriptions.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (baton keyboard) of 12 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  5 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C F   /    ----  
   There is one added semitone
   The instrument was enlarged in 1963
     with  5 bells made by Paccard     
   Prior history:
     In 1892, the instrument was begun with  9 bells
       made by McShane     
       (7 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W1    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2010
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has a photo of the building at the top of every page; the open bellframe is partly visible at the right edge of the roof.  The History page depicts the original building, and records the acquisition of the original chime (1892), the relocation to the present site (1961), and the replacement of two old bells with five new ones (1963).

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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 PA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 17-Apr-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/04/15
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/01/14
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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