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Verdin restoring historic 37-bell carillon at Eastern Kentucky University.

The bells range in weight from 25 to 1,000 pounds.

Restoration of EKU bells at The Verdin Co.
Restoring bells at the Verdin facility
in Cincinnati

Installed by Verdin in 1971, the Eastern Kentucky University carillon fell into disrepair in recent years. The bells range in weight from 25 to 1,000 pounds. A restoration project by EKU and Verdin is now under way and is expected to be completed this spring.

The cast bronze bells are in good condition, but need new supporting hardware as well as a new supporting frame structure. All the existing internal components in each bell will be replaced, and each bell will be cleaned to be free of all deteriorated components. Each bell will be refinished to present a like-new finish.

A new structure-steel bell frame will be constructed to accommodate all static and dynamic loads based on modern engineering standards, and a custom spring isolator system will isolate vibrations to the bell tower structure. The project also includes the addition of a master control system that utilizes state-of-the-art electronic technology with complete programming systems for fully automatic and semi-automatic control of the carillon.

The Carillon Master will be prepackaged with 100 custom melodies, including holiday and other seasonal selections, and can contain up to 10,000 music selections, which can be recorded on site using the included keyboard. The system also will be capable of celebration peals, Westminster chimes, time strikes, tolls and scheduling.

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