Vin's Bells

Vin's Bells


The making of a mobile Carillon (the only known mobile Carillon in Australia)

First the bells must be cast

B4 to C7
B4 to C7

A carillon has a minimum of 23 bells. Anything less is classed as a chime.
My carillon will have 26 bells and will be mobile.
The carillon will range from B4 to C7.
Not only are these bells a musical instrument, they also take an artistic form.
This is a challenging project as I will undertake all aspects myself including the bell making, the mobile frame, the keyboard and the key board mechanism.

I am not aware of any personally built carillons, or aware of any mobile carillons in Australia. If anyone has any information regarding this, please shoot me an email with any details you may have.

Carillon frame base

  I am being a very naughty boy, as I have not done any physical drawings, They are indelible in my head space! The photo shows the batten key frame sitting on the base frame.

Clappers and swing mechanism

This is the 7 biggest clappers and mechanism, I have made the clappers from scrap brass, I think  brass will be kinder to the bells than cast iron, time will tell. I did do some ear tests to see what difference the ring would be between iron and brass and I concluded that the sound is nicer with the brass.

Mobile Carillon First Rendition

Carillon on the Park  -  the first test out of the shed!

My repertoire so far (LOL)

Vin Dowd