An instrument of 23 or more bells is called a carillon and is capable of playing a complete range of music, from popular hymns to classical music.

The classic instrument is played mechanically from a clavier in the tower. Swinging bells, time strike, electric and computer operation are all optional.

The manual playing clavier consists of two rows of keys, the upper equal to the black keys. The lowest notes are played from a pedalboard.

The bell transmission system, in the belfry, transfers vertical motion to horizontal motion thus pulling the clappers against the bells.

Hear a 23-bell carillon:
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In the past, only a skilled carilloneur could control the tonal inspiration of the bells. We've designed a new option with our Renaissance Carillon

Carillons from van Bergen are unmatched because of the guidance of President Harmannus (Harry) H. van Bergen. Harry van Bergen grew up in a bellfounder's family and studied the art in Europe. He learned to play the carillon while at college, studied with the late Kamiel Lefevere of New York City's Riverside Church, and is an associate member of the Guild of Carillonneurs. His bell expertise has been developed over a period of more than 40 years, which gives him the experience to make the best possible recommendation.

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No other firm in the United States can give you this background, which is vital for the finest installation.

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