[Bell Historians] Heythrop, Oxon, and T C Lewis
richard.offen at o...
Sun May 9 19:56:32 BST 2004
> Incidentally, it turns out that Warners were certainly cutting
> everywhere, including in the shoulder to deal with the
> frequency, by 1911 when they launched into "Simpson" tuning. That
> stop a lot of their bells still having this frequency extremely
> must be added (e.g. Somerton, Somerset, and Christ Church Erith).
> C D
According to Wally Spraggett, who was Gillett's (and subsequently
Whitechapel's) tuner for many years, Warners had a large tuning
machine built when they thought that they'd get the job of recasting
Big Ben. The machine was subsequently purchased by Gilletts, who
used it to tune, amongst others, the bass bells of the carillons at
the Riverside Church , New York and Chicago University.
Wally once told me that, because it was used so infrequently, the
tuning machine became known as "Warner's White Elephant!" The face
plate was evidently used more often for truing up large clock faces
than tuning bells!
Incidentally, anyone who met Wally will know that he was not of huge
stature. His father was even shorter and it is he who frequently
appeared in Gillett's photos of their larger bells - presumably to
make them look even bigger!
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