A Maas-Rowe Carillon was originally
installed here in 1946 as a Memorial to the Veteran's of WWII.
It was donated by a City Councilman and named after his mother.
The City of San Diego later modernized
and expanded the instrument to a Maas-Rowe 100-bell Symphonic
The bells are actually small chimes
weighing just a few ounces each and individually tuned by hand
using a process developed and patented by Maas-Rowe.
Their sound is then amplified millions
of times and projected through weatherproof speakers in the tower.
This method produces a live and authentic
sound since real metal is being struck.
The bells can be heard at the San
Diego Zoo nearby so millions of people have heard them ringing
the hours and playing carillon music.
People often inquire to find out
how many cast bells have been installed here and are surprised
to learn that what they are hearing is actually a Maas-Rowe electronic