The keyboard used to play a carillon is called a clavier. It is made up of a series of batons and pedals which are struck with the fists and feet. The practice clavier exactly duplicates the playing clavier, except that the sound of the bells is electronically replicated so that the instrument may be used for practice, rehearsal before concerts, and teaching without the bells of the carillon being sounded. It was manufactured by the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry in The Netherlands; the same foundry that casted the bells for the carillon. Located in the Riverwalk Cultural Center, the practice clavier is also used for demonstration of the carillon for visitors and field trip groups.
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