Sensitive hammers

An automatic carillon sounds totally different than a hand played carillon because there are dynamic expressions. Every bell is always struck with the same loudness. The performance of the melodies by means of solenoid hammers there does lose some quality.

Petit & Fritsen, however, is capable as being the only one in the world to engineer a new hammer which is completely strike sensitive. These new hammers are struck by midi-signal which regulates the sound volume in 127 paces. This means a gradual adjustment for listening. This technical innovation does make it possible that the music sounds dynamic with pianissimo (soft) and forte (loud). A very nice feature of this invention is total volume control increase from a dial, whereby the strike sensitivity is maintained.

Audio examples of a 23-bell Chime with strike sensitive hammers:

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