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J. C. Deagan Tubular Bell Carillon Photos
By Ed Gaida

There are two sections of photos of a J. C. Deagan Tubular Bell
Carillon on my web site.  The links are listed below.  One of them is
a technical series that I send to people trying to maintain systems in
their individual locations.

Putting things in perspective, it would be advantageous to remember
that these particular chimes weigh anywhere from 150 pounds each, for
the upper range, to 480 pounds each for the lower notes, and they are
supported by 3/8-inch diameter plow cables (Deagan specs).  None of
them were ever originally plated that I know of.  One present owner has
polished his to a brilliant sheen.  That would be quite a job in any

The links:


The above link gives a general overview of the system including the
Westminster chiming device, the electric player and the dampers.


This link is more technical in nature showing the relays, adjustment
of the dampers, hanging of the chime tubes, etc.  The system shown
is alive and well here in San Antonio in its original configuration.
The only change is an addition of a rectifier unit which replaces the
original motor-generator set.  If nothing more, you can see the large
Tiffany window "Autumn Landscape" which is in the chapel.  The fourth
page details the Deagan electric player and Westminster chiming device.

I am working on a Deagan rollography.  Rolls in my possession from 1927
have the same titles as the catalog issued in 1985.  You could order
rolls with selections of your choice, but the price of the roll
doubled.  In later years, the playing time of the selection is listed
on the label.

Ed Gaida

(Message sent Wed 7 Aug 2002, 13:47:57 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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