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Salisbury University's Carillon Bells Heard for the First Time

Posted: 08/09/2017 16:00:00 -04:00 Updated:

SALISBURY, Md. - Bell tuner and designer of Salisbury University's 48 carillon bells played them Wednesday for one of the first times.

Richard Watson is said to be one of the only tuners and designers of carillon bells in the United States.

Watson has been fascinated by bells since his early teens and now owns his own bell foundry known as Meeks, Watson & Company with Mr. William Meeks.

"You can just touch the bell and make a very soft sound, you can play it a little louder and you can play it very loud and get a very loud sound out of it and you can do anything in between. So, it's a very expressive instrument," Watson said.

The bells can be played automatically or by someone operating the carillon keyboard.

Watson said once they bells are in place they will most likely never have to be touched again.

"Once tuned, bells never have to be re-tuned if they're tuned properly because you've made an actually physical alteration to the shape of the bell," Watson said.

The bells will be played officially on Sept. 6 at Salisbury University's dedication ceremony.

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