Sixty years of pealing has done a number on the bells of Hoover Tower's carillon. So last week, 23 carillon bells began a long voyage back to their place of origin -- Europe.
Workers from the Netherlands dismantled the last of 35 bells -- some weighing as much as 2 1/2 tons -- from the carillon, located atop the tower. The carillon, parts of which were damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, is being refurbished and enlarged so that its sounds may once again resonate across campus. The 23 carillon bells that need retuning or replacement are being shipped to the Netherlands, where they will be worked on by the Dutch bellfoundry Royal Eijsbouts in Ostend.