[Bell Historians] External tuning

David Bryant djb122 at y...
Thu Apr 4 15:47:29 BST 2002

no - they're not skirted. The tuning is on the soundbow itself, between
the moulding wires at the junction of waist and soundbow and the wires
at the bottom of the soundbow.

"LOVE, Dickon" wrote:
> DJB:
> "This morning I've been doing a full inspection at St Olave's, York.
> The
> rather nice 9 cwt six were cast in 1789 by Dalton of York, and were
> tuned and rehung for chiming in 1916, by Taylor's, and rehung for
> ringing by David Potter / Taylor's in 1988. Looking at them this
> morning, I noticed that there is clear evidence of tuning on the
> outside
> soundbows of all six bells, between the two lower sets of moulding
> wires. it must have occurred in 1916. Has anyone else seen this
> anywhere
> - It's the first time I've seen it. What would the purpose be?"
> Do you mean that they have been skirted, i.e. had metal removed from
> the
> outside very near to the rim of the soundbow? If so, this is a
> mechanism by
> which the pitch of a bell (fundamental?) is sharpened.
> DrL
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