We were so lucky to get there in time for a tour. $3 is all you pay. Someone was already playing when we began our ascent - just magical with the bells ringing, songs playing, pure power of music and physics, we thought it was a recording, but a real person was playing. We got to see him handling the hammers - I felt a cross between something from Phantom of the Opera and the Wizard of Oz. Vanessa was an awesome tour guide explaining about the bells being rung by a hammer on the side vs the clacker on the inside (my term, not hers). We were allowed to linger at the top, just taking in the landscape - the pool to one side, the cemetery to the other, the churches, that initially seemed to be at a significant elevation didn't seem that way when we were at the top. Music played the entire time.
I was so grateful to the Mosers for their generosity and to the many generous donors (their names are on bells with sweet inscriptions). Even with the powerful tones, it was meditative. . . except of course when my sweet husband wouldn't stop talking and asking people what they like on hamburgers etc etc. If you were on my tour, I apologize.
Everyone was each in his/her own world. Vanessa answered our questions, was charming and told us she never gets tired of hearing the bells.
Be warned, you have to walk at least six of the flights of steps, but I'm not in that great of shape and I did just fine. Vanessa let me take my time on the way down to take pictures and enjoy the music - very very cool. She said the views were awesome in the fall. I bet they are.