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Moscow Bell Centre has been acting since 1995 by His Holiness, Holy Patriarchy of Moscow and all Russia Alekseys II blessing, with the aim of preparing highly qualified bell ringers for Russian Orthodox Church. All wishing to study, primarily those recommended by temples and monasteries, are accepted. The period of studies is 3 months. The program consists of theoretical courses, as well as practical studies of church toll. An official certificate is given after finishing studies.

Main tones

Advertising main tones for the bells, produced by the largest Russias enterprises (January, 1, 2007)

Octave

Note

Great octave

Small octave

First ocatve

Second Octave

Third octave

C

 

ITALMAS - 1300 kg

BLAGOVEST - 2957kg

LITEKS - 6000 kg

VERA - 16000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 472 kg

VERA – 1200 kg

ITALMAS - 1320 kg

ZIL - 1950 kg

VNIINM - 32 kg

BLAGOVEST - 76 kg

ITALMAS - 110 kg

ZIL - 210 kg

PYATKOV 6 kg

ITALMAS - 16 kg

ZIL 30 kg

LITEKS - 35 kg

C#

 

ITALMAS - 1000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 2542kg

PYATKOV - 3300 kg

VERA - 12000 kg

PYATKOV - 326 kg

BLAGOVEST - 410kg

LITEKS - 1280 kg

BLAGOVEST - 66 kg

VERA – 150 kg

ITALMAS - 24 kg

D

LITEKS - 12000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 2181kg

PYATKOV - 2700 kg

VERA - 8000 kg

ITALMAS - 11000kg

BLAGOVEST - 344kg

ITALMAS - 820 kg

VERA - 880 kg

VNIINM - 20 kg

PYATKOV - 36 kg

BLAGOVEST - 56 kg

ZIL - 150 kg

LITEKS - 250 kg

ZIL - 31 kg

D#

 

BLAGOVEST - 1870kg

BLAGOVEST - 292kg

BLAGOVEST - 48 kg

ITALMAS - 136 kg

ITALMAS - 14 kg

LITEKS - 18 kg

E

 

BLAGOVEST - 1638kg

LITEKS - 4100 kg

VERA - 6000 kg

ITALMAS - 9000 kg

ZIL - 9600 kg

VNIINM - 160 kg

BLAGOVEST - 262kg

LITEKS - 816

VERA - 650 kg

ZIL - 1024 kg

VNIINM - 14 kg

PYATKOV - 20 kg

BLAGOVEST - 41 kg

ITALMAS - 96 kg

VERA - 100 kg

ZIL - 112 kg

VERA - 16 kg

ZIL - 22 kg

F

 

PYATKOV - 1140 kg

BLAGOVEST - 1378kg

LITEKS - 3250 kg

VERA - 5000 kg

ITALMAS - 8000 kg

PYATKOV - 164 kg

BLAGOVEST - 230kg

ITALMAS - 430 kg

ITALMAS - 530 kg

BLAGOVEST - 36 kg

ZIL - 113 kg

LITEKS - 135 kg

 

F#

 

BLAGOVEST - 1182kg

ITALMAS - 4500 kg

ITALMAS - 5200 kg

PYATKOV - 140 kg

BLAGOVEST - 192kg

PYATKOV - 16 kg

BLAGOVEST - 30 kg

ITALMAS - 62 kg

ZIL - 97 kg

ITALMAS - 8 kg

LITEKS - 12 kg

ZIL - 17 kg

G

PYATKOV - 9000 kg

VERA - 65000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 1017kg

LITEKS - 2150 kg

VERA - 3000 kg

ITALMAS - 3200 kg

ZIL - 5100 kg

VNIINM - 96 kg

BLAGOVEST - 164kg

VERA - 350 kg

LITEKS - 650 kg

ZIL - 850 kg

BLAGOVEST - 26 kg

ITALMAS - 58 kg

ZIL 100 kg

ZIL - 14 kg

G#

 

PYATKOV - 700 kg

VERA - 2200 kg

PYATKOV - 90 kg

BLAGOVEST - 131kg

ITALMAS - 425 kg

BLAGOVEST - 22 kg

VERA - 7 kg

ITALMAS - 7 kg

A

BLAGOVEST - 4674kg

PYATKOV - 6100 kg

LITEKS - 8000 kg

VERA - 35000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 738 kg

LITEKS - 1640 kg

ITALMAS- 2800 kg

ZIL - 3400 kg

BLAGOVEST - 115kg

ITALMAS - 220 kg

ZIL - 430 kg

VNIINM - 8 kg

BLAGOVEST - 19 kg

ITALMAS - 40 kg

VERA - 50 kg

ZIL - 64 kg

LITEKS - 80 kg

LITEKS - 8 kg

ZIL - 8 kg

A#

BLAGOVEST - 4018kg

PYATKOV - 5000 kg

VERA - 24000

BLAGOVEST - 656 kg

VERA - 1500 kg

ITALMAS - 2000 kg

BLAGOVEST - 98kg

LITEKS - 426 kg

PYATKOV - 10 kg

BLAGOVEST - 16,5

LITEKS - 56 kg

 

H

BLAGOVEST - 3445kg

BLAGOVEST - 558 kg

ITALMAS - 1600 kg

PYATKOV - 40 kg

VNIINM - 48 kg

BLAGOVEST - 88kg

VERA - 200 kg

VNIINM - 6 kg

BLAGOVEST - 14kg

VERA - 25 kg

ITALMAS - 32 kg

ZIL - 41 kg

VERA - 5 kg

ITALMAS - 6 kg


THE MAIN BELL-FOUNDING ENTERPRISES IN RUSSIA

  • BLAGOVEST LTD NPBC Blagovest Yekaterinburg, since 1990
  • VERA LTD Vera, Voronezh, since 1989
  • VNIINM RI of non-organic materials in name of Bochvar (State enterprise belonging to the ministry of atomic energy) Moscow, since 1991
  • ZIL AMO The plant in name of Likhachev Moscow, since 1991
  • ITALMAS LTD Italmas Tutaev, Yaroslavl region, since 1992
  • LITEKS OJSC Liteks, Moscow, since 1991
  • PYATKOV CJSC Pyatkov and Co, Kamensk-Uralsky, since 1991


NOTE:
  1. The basic tones, shown in the table, are taken according to the official data, pub-lished by the enterprises themselves.
  2. As the bell-founders say, the basic tones, pointed in the advertisement, may vary (sometimes in wide limits according to our measures).
  3. Its necessary to keep in view that Russian bell-founders dont have a unique method of determining bells' highness, thats why you shouldnt always believe the basic tones, written in the advertisements. Some producers take the strongest overtone for the moment of verberation as the basic tone, others the second (fundamental) overtone (as in the West), others the so-called verberation tone (the tone, which is felt at the first moment after the verberation, its rather subjective), others take the lowest tone (undertone; it can be easily determined and finishes the sounding of every normal bell) as the basic tone, taking to consideration that the strong-est tone in Russian bells isnt stable. The Bell Centre (as well as the foreign specialists, which have consulted it) considers the undertones taking to be the most correct method to determine the basic tone in Russian bells.



Contacts:
   common questions: info@bilo.ru
   director: bells-centre@yandex.ru
   the museum: museum@bilo.ru
 
Telephones:
   work: (495) 957-27-10,
   tel/fax: (495) 438-29-53,
   mobile: (903) 768-45-65
Adress:
   113035, Moscow, Raushskaya embankment, house 26/1,
   the temple in honour of Saint Nikolay in Zayaitskoe (in the bell-tower).
   It works on weekdays from 10 till 19.