Clavier with optional skins

The Chime Master carillon style MIDI keyboard controller uses the pedals and manual baton keys like those used to perform music on concert sized tower carillon instruments. It accurately simulates the weights of the bell clappers on the baton keys. You can use this keyboard as either a practice instrument, or an authentic keyboard controller for our electronic carillon systems. We provide the keyboard in three assembly options:

  • Fully assembled
  • Quick-build kit
  • Complete parts kit

Whether you’re an aspiring musician or professional carillonist, you can enhance your skill and expertise without leaving the comfort of home. Even if the nearest carillon tower is quite a distance away, you can ensure you’ll always be ready for a performance. Combining quality and affordability into a standards compliant, touch sensitive package, the Chime Master carillon keyboard is designed to provide a realistic carillon experience.

Features and Specifications

Standard MIDI

The output of the keyboard will plug into any MIDI instrument. A standard five-pin MIDI cable is supplied. MIDI to USB cables are optionally available.

Convenient standard geometry

The Guild of Carilloneurs of North America and the World Carillon Federation have made the WCF-2006 keyboard standard an ideal compromise between Dutch and American keyboards that were made up to that time. The baton spacing allows the four-octave instrument to be transported in many midsize cars and minivans. The manual keyboard detaches from the pedal board for portability.

Concert Size

The manual has a scope of 49 keys from C1 to C5, with 20 pedals from C1 to G2 with no missing semitones.


  • 43 inches high x 60 inches wide x 26-1/2 deep (56 inches high with music stand)
  • Keyboard weight 230 lbs.


  • 12 VDC in (530 mA), 1000 mA adapter included
  • MIDI OUT standard 5-Pin DIN connector
    • When used with a computer you must obtain a USB Midi interface cable:
  • Sustain pedal input (1/4 inch phone jack)
    • only needed if using a synthesizer with voice with damping (like a piano)
    • insert a shorting plug to keep notes sustained


Call Jeff Crook at Chime Master (1-800-344-7464) for pricing details for these options.

  • Wooden skins to hide and protect the mechanism
  • Wooden keys are standard, but washable synthetic keys are available for high-usage situations
  • Wooden adjustable bench
  • Sound systems
    • Our Bell samples page has instructions for setting up a Mac or PC to provide sound using sampled bells


MIDI Carillon Keyboard specification sheet (PDF)

Assembly guide and videos are available online to kit purchasers.


Adjust sensitivity

USB Interfacing to computers

The Roland UM-ONE Mk2 is our recommended adapter for MIDI to USB. Less expensive adapters may not have the optical isolated input required by the MIDI specification, and do not work. The Roland has both Windows and Mac drivers (and some ALSA support in newer Linux distributions). See the link in the specifications section above for vendors supplying the Roland interface.