William Jones via Crowdrise
January 12, 2011
BENEFITING: NATIONAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 12, 2011
I had a chance to purchase a partial vintage set of 12 chimes by Mayland (who were the first to make chimes in the US in 1866). The set was from a church, is electronic as it has a small keyboard I've attached to my piano, yes I used to give hundreds of concerts... Press the key, a hammer hits the tube, they do sound like bells!
Long story short - the chimes are solid aluminum and heavy. The tallest is almost 6 foot. I have found a place that can provide about the same type of aluminum this set was made from (it's about 50 yrs old) for 1/4 the price if I do some work myself. So instead of costing over $200 per tube (note) it costs about $50. By shaving off just 1/16th of an inch changes pitch. When it's all done, it will have 21 chimes which is enough to play most songs, including the National Anthem. I'll laquer them gold so they match the others.
OK so why should you help? YOU have the chance to help restore a treasured item from the past that is in great functional order. I still play piano and will have music available to support other charities and that is of course an extension of your selfless act AND YOU get to feel good!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this from a nutty guy that just loves music and still thinks there's a way to connect some of the past with the present.