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A carillon is defined by the [ GCNAGuild of Carillonneurs in North Amereica] as a set of bells, chromatically tuned, spanning at least two octaves and allowed to be missing one or two of the lowest semitones.
The Guild GCNA also distinguishes between traditional and non-traditional carillons. Both have tuned cast bronze bells, but traditional carillons always use a purely mechanical tracker action to link the playing key to the clapper. All actions that are automatic only or actuated from an electric keyboard are non-traditional.
The Belgium Carillon School disputes that 23 bells comprises a [ modern carillon]. Most carillon repertoire has been written for four octaves, and foundries have been able to make good small bells for several decades, so the Modern Western Carillon standard should have a minimum of 47 bells.

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