The Copeland Memorial Chime

Description of the Bells


Stylized

The eleven bells of the chime, the only ones of their kind in Rochester at the time, were cast of purest bronze by Meneely & Co of Watervliet, NY.

The Great Bell

The Great Bell

The smaller bells

The smaller bells

The Great Bell weighs 2,100 lb and is 47 inches in diameter. The smallest bell weighs 225 lb and is 22 inches in diameter. All are suspended from a yellow pine frame and - with mountings - the total weight is 6 1/4 tons.

Chime Stand

Chime Stand located in the tower one floor below the bells

Solonoids

The solonoids used for the electronic keyboard still remain in the bell tower

Originally, the chime could be played in two ways - from a chime stand below the bells in the tower, or from a small electronic keyboard near the organ console. The preferable way of playing was from the chime stand and, after several years, the console near the organ was no longer used.

Clappers and cables

Clappers and cables

With either way of playing the bells, the clapper inside the bell - attached to a cable and pulley - is moved to strike the bell and produce the sound.

Chime Stand - detail

Chime Stand - detail

Eight bells are in the key of F (F, G, A, B flat, C, D, E, and F). There are 3 extra bells - B (the augmented fourth), E flat (the diminished seventh), and G (an octave above the 2nd largest bell). This allows for playing tunes not only in the key of F, but also B flat and C. There are thousands of tunes within the compass of the chime.

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