About the Carillon
The 48 bells for the carillon were cast in 1991 and 1992 by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry, located in Asten, the Netherlands. The foundry built the bell frame and playing cabin according to the dimensions of a standard shipping container. The carillon may be transported to nearly any concert venue.
The musical range of the bells cover four full octaves from F in the middle octave. This largest bell, called the bourdon bell, weighs 2000 lbs. It is typical of large bell instruments to omit the lowest one or two semitones because of added weight and cost. For this reason the Mobile Millennium is missing its F-sharp which would weigh 1700 lbs.
All 48 bells have clappers that connect to the baton-style keyboard via wire cables, cams and transmission bars. Pedals are mechanically coupled to the baton keys of the 19 largest bells. As a transposing instrument, the keyboard begins on C, to allow traditional arrangements for a four-octave carillon to be performed. A performance with other musicians requires the carillonneur to transpose her part.
Four octaves -- 48 Eijsbouts bells
'Middle' F (2000lb F4) to F8
Missing lowest semi-tone
4-octave Dutch Standard baton keyboard with 1-1/2 octaves coupled to pedal board
All 48 bells may be played automatically or manually from a MIDI keyboard with our newly installed Chime Master Pneumatic System.
Weatherproof, illuminated cabin
Power: 120VAC 15A for lights and Auto-play
Weight of carillon: 26,000 lb
Weight of Truck, Trailer and Carillon: 43,000 lb
Overall Length incl. Tractor: 46 ft. 5 in.
Trailer Length: 21 ft. 1 in.
Height: 13 ft 6 in.
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