Mears and Stainbank
bill at h...
Thu May 9 09:22:44 BST 2002
One hears much said about the varying quality of peals from
Whitechapel in the 19th / early 20th century, before they adopted
true-harmonic tuning. I analysed a 1915 Mears 8 last night, I was
told they were much better than another 1915 peal just down the
road . . .
Do people have views as to changes in quality from WBF over the
18th / 19th / early 20th centuries? Opinions along the lines
of 'their trebles sound thin until 1850, after which point they get
better' would be very useful, as would pointers to good or bad rings.
The harmonic structure of WBF bells over this period seems
consistent, I'm trying to get a handle on changes in quality that I
can try to track back to physical attributes of the bells or their
One of the more interesting features of all these old-style peals is
that the bells sound rather different individually and rung in peal -
especially the trebles, which scream when chimed, close up, but which
blend OK into the peal. The reasons are obvious, but it suggests that
WBF knew more about what they were doing than perhaps we give them
I'm not asking people to do my work for me(!), I am researching the
recorded history and now have a complete catalogue of WBF output. But
people's perception of peal quality is very important.
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