[Bell Historians] Digest Number 506

Michael Childs mtchilds at y...
Fri Sep 12 14:00:23 BST 2003

Whilst on a recent ringing holiday in Dorset I browsed
through a friend's copies of Chris Dalton's Dorset
books and found them very interesting. The pictures
are good, and the comments are, on the whole,
informative and accurate. 

In my experience, a well known bell historian's
opinions on tones of bells are usually accurate and
after all, if you have written the book, surely you
can put what you like in it?


--- Ben Willetts <ben at b...> wrote: > Andrew
> > That having been said, [Chris Dalton's]
> descriptions of bells
> > in his Dorset books adds a whole new dimension to
> the survey.
> > I am now desperate to have a ring at Bagshot,
> Surrey, after
> > Dalton's description of them ... 3rd pretty good,
> 4th weird,
> > 6th good, 7th pretty good but old-style-ish, tenor
> extraordinary".
> Those descriptions by themselves seem rather
> useless. "Pretty good" under
> what criteria? What do "weird" or "extraordinary"
> tell us? Are they good
> sounds or bad sounds? Perhaps the tenor sounds like
> someone revving a car
> engine - that would certainly be extraordinary.
> As it happens, Bagshot is in my Guild, and I've rung
> a peal there. The
> tenor sounds bad, reminiscent of a tin bath perhaps,
> but I wouldn't call it
> "extraordinary". Lots of bells sound crap.
> Ben
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<P><FONT face="Arial Black" size=3>Michael Childs </FONT></P>
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