[Bell Historians] Trebles on higher numbers

Martin Davies daviesm at g...
Mon Aug 9 14:04:30 BST 2004

I understand that heavier clappers have just been installed in the 
front 4 at Canterbury to good effect..... but the extra treble 
hasn't received the same treatment. Also the 9th has been quarter 


--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, David Bryant <david at b...> 
> > The mechanical argument about time of swing I absolutely accept. 
> > is there any evidence that a bell cast to a thicker scale sounds 
> > louder? Or that one can put a heavier clapper in without 
knocking the 
> > bell to bits?
> Not measured anything, but observations suggest that it is the 
case. As an example, the 1938 Gillett eight at St Wilfrid's in York 
were cast to chiming weights, albeit quite heavy ones. The treble is 
just over 3 cwt, and the front end sound noticeably weak. By 
comparison, the eight at St Cuthbert's Darlington (cast by Gilletts 
in the year before the St Wilfrid's bells, same tenor weight (18 
cwt) and keynote (F)) are more satisfactory as an eight because the 
trebles are heavier and more powerful.
> And as regards heavy clappers, come and have a look at the ones in 
the trebles at York Minster. If I remember rightly, the diameter of 
the treble's clapper ball is the same as that of the 10th.
> David
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