Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries

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Christoph Paccard represents the Paccard Fonderie des Cloches, makers of the world's finest cast bronze bells since 1796.

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Known worldwide for their warmth and sweetness of tone, Paccard cast bronze bells are the benchmark by which others are judged. In addition to making the world's finest cast bells, Paccard is known for developing the acoustically balanced carillon.

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Regardless of the scope of your project, whether it requires a carillon, a peal, a chime, or just a single bell, our goal is to partner with you to design, plan and implement the right solution for your unique needs.

We design, install, and service cast bronze bell instruments for our clients. We work with our clients to understand their needs and desires in a bell instrument, then create solutions that work within the constraints, if any, of structure, space, and budget.

Our design work incorporates planning for the possibility of future musical expansion of the instrument when possible, and additionally, for consideration of manual action in addition to electric action.

We find more often than not that the consideration of a single bronze bell, peal, chime or cast bronze bell carillon is a first time experience for our clients.

We are pleased to offer our expertise in evaluating the possibilities that are afforded by the site, and further, in bringing creative ideas forward for evaluation.

One of our fortes is in helping to create an initial bell instrument, whether a single bronze bell, or a peal, with the goal in mind of making possible the future successful completion of an expanded instrument.

We take pleasure in working with all of our clients to realize bell instruments, from concept to completion, that meet their needs and desires.

We practice our work with a heart toward musical and aesthetic craftsmanship, and with a desire to work with our clients in creating a high quality instrument of lasting value.

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Tuned Cast Bronze Bells From The Paccard Fonderie des Cloches, Annecy, France
Christoph Paccard represents the Paccard Fonderie des Cloches, makers of the world's finest cast bronze bells since 1796.

The Paccard family is in its seventh generation, with world-wide operations directed by Philippe Paccard. Philippe is supported in his work by his brother Cyril who leads the design and engineering work of the foundry.

With over 125,000 bells cast and delivered, Paccard bells are known worldwide for their warmth and sweetness of tone, and for the exceptional quality of their tuning.

Each Paccard bell is meticulously crafted by hand, carefully cast using the lost wax process, and finely tuned to exacting musical standards.

Cast only of bronze, Paccard bells are composed of pure red copper and block tin. Although the ratio of copper to tin is different depending on the size of the bell, most bells are approximately 78% copper and 22% tin.

Only new metal is used in the casting. When selecting a cast bronze bell, it is also critically important to choose a founder who understands how to properly tune a bell. Paccard is the best choice.

A bell is unlike many other instruments because it actually produces multiple notes, called partials.

Tuning a bell is a time consuming process that requires the bellfounder to be proficient with both a simple tuning fork and high-end digital tuning equipment.

Using a lathe, metal is shaved from inside the bell at various points until the proper tuning is achieved. The bellfounder must tune the five lowest partials, at minimum, to the standard of A3=440 vibrations per second.

The Benchmark...

Paccard bells truly are the benchmark by which others are judged.

The Paccards welcome over 25,000 visitors annually to their foundry and historic bell museum in beautiful Annecy, France – you too are invited to visit!

We thank you for taking the time to review this information about our company and our service to our clients.

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Please call us at 1-800-849-6670 to learn more about Paccard cast bronze bells.