Recent Projects

Damariscotta’s Historic Town Clock

After nearly 135 years of manual winding by volunteers, the town clock and 900-pound bell inside the steeple of the Damariscotta Baptist Church in Damariscotta, Maine have new automatic controls. A set of three programmable atomic clocks and small motors inside the clock tower will control new hands on the clock faces, as well as ... Read more

Grace Lutheran, Wyndmoor, witnesses the miracle of the bells

We'd like to share an article we recently came across.  The Grace Lutheran Church in Wyndmoor, PA installed a carillon to in 2002 and upgraded it in 2012. While Grace Lutheran couldn't afford the project, the local community stepped in to help out.  Bells are an important part of the community, the people outside the church ... Read more

Carillon Finds new Home in Uganda

Originally purchased for the St Elizabeth Church in Branford, Connecticut and serving that community for years, the Carillon system has a new home in a chapel at a retreat center in the town of Soroti in eastern Uganda.

A Nice Congratulations on our 100 year Anniversary in the Bell Business

Recently, we were pleased and honored to get a very nice letter from Chimemaster whom we’ve been working with for more than 25 years to keep the majestic sounds of bells ringing.

Rebuilding of St. Michael Church hits milestone with placing of Steeple & Cross

The reconstruction of St. Michael the Archangel Church on Liberty Street in Pawcatuck reached a milestone in July, 2017 as the new 40-foot spire and cross were raised and placed atop the steeple. A large crowd of parishioners and passersby gathered to watch as a crew from Campbellsville Industries Inc., out of Campbellsville, Ky., raising … Read more

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Marmora, NJ

Recently St. Maximillian Kolbe Church wanted a carillon system but had no place for speakers.   Church Specialties supplied a Chime Master Model Six SS carillon along with a Campbellsville Industries steeple to act as a speaker enclosure.  There are four (4) speakers in the louvered section. After everything was installed, Church Specialties trained the congregation ... Read more

Historic Church Bells Restored with New Steeple, Clock Tower, Carillon and Electronic Bell Ringing Equipment

Historic Church Bells Restored with New Steeple, Clock Tower, Carillon and Electronic Bell Ringing Equipment Church Specialties recently worked on the restoration of the church bells and steeple replacement at the Masonic Care Community's Tompkins Memorial Chapel in Utica New York. Historic Reproduction Steeple Installed A historic reproduction was created to replace the original wooden ... Read more

Historic Reproduction Church Steeple

1926 Church Bells Restored with Historic Reproduction Church Steeple, Clock Tower, Carillon and Electronic Bell Ringing Equipment Church Specialties recently worked on the restoration of the church bells and steeple replacement at the Masonic Care Community’s Tompkins Memorial Chapel in Utica New York. 1 2 ► Historic Reproduction Church Steeple Installed A historic reproduction was … Read more

Gift Provides New Church Steeple for Kingston Presbyterian in South Kingston, NJ

A Steeple for the Ages: Replica of 1855 Icon Completes Village Skyline. KINGSTON — The iconic steeple atop the Kingston Presbyterian Church is looking better than it has in decades after a makeover with modern materials. A large crane lifted each of three separate parts consisting of the belfry, spire and finial, Saturday morning as … Read more

William Blake & Co. Bronze Bells Have Interesting Histories

1869 William Blake & Co. Bronze Bell has Paul Revere Connection This bell was cast in 1869 by William Blake & Co., which was formerly known as HN Hooper & Co.  William Blake was an apprentice to Paul Revere.  Blake went on to partner with Henry N. Hooper. Large Bell Has Impressive Voice This is … Read more

Church Bell Restoration Assumption Chapel – Palacios, TX

Meneely Church Bell of Troy, NY Restored and Relocated from Massachusetts to Texas This magnificent bell was cast in 1888 by the Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company of Troy, NY. It has a weight of approximately 1,800 pounds and has a stunning voice. Bell Restoration and Re-installation by Church Specialties We found this bronze bell … Read more

Cupola Replacement at Russell Library

Church Specialties of Poultney, Vermont coordinated the restoration project of replacing the cupola atop the Russell Library in Middletown, CT. Working with restoration experts, Church Specialties had a new cupola designed, built and lifted into place atop the historic landmark. The new replacement cupola is fabricated of maintenance-free aluminum and looks exactly like the original … Read more

Kingston Presbyterian Church Historic Steeple & Church Bell Renovation

Church Specialties was proud to be a part of the Kingston Presbyterian Church Historic Church Steeple and Bell Renovation. The current building which was built in 1852, is a major part of Kingston, New Jersey’s historic character and has recognized on the list of national historic places since 1990. After the renovation is completed, the building … Read more

Trinity United Methodist Church gets new Chimemaster Carillons

Trinity United Methodist Church received a new, upgraded bell-ringing system Friday. Brian Michaels and John Passarelli of New Vibrations Audio & Video in Morrisdale replaced the church’s outdated I.T. Verdin Co. church bell system with a new Chime Master system. According to Michaels, the old technology was equipped with vacuum tubes and, in essence, an … Read more

Historic Church Bell Restoration at The Channing Memorial Universalist Church in Newport, RI

Channing Memorial Universalist Church in Newport, RI One of our recent projects is at the historic Channing Memorial Universalist Church where the 150 year old bells were removed, sent to the Netherlands for re-tuning and remounted in the tower. Normally when bells are manufactured and tuned properly they should never need re-tuning, but in this case, … Read more

West Point Military Academy

Electronic Carillons Solve the Missing Bell Voice for West Point Military Academy Electronic carillons deliver a high quality sound that rivals the majestic sounds of historic bronze bells and a thousand arrangements, solving West Point’s problem of having no bell voice.  The church bells “had no voice” in this recent project at West Point. There … Read more

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Gettysburgh’s Lutheran Theological Seminary Currently Church Specialties is arranging three bells to be included in a war memorial on the ground of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  The three bells were rescued from a demolished church in Philadelphia and will be forever on display to pay tribute to our fallen heroes.  When this recent project is completed, we will … Read more