Coventry bells - the last post
bill at h...
Wed May 12 20:45:25 BST 2004
Positively my last post on the subject: I have now put a
transcription of the Coventry court case up as
www.hibberts.co.uk/coventry_court.htm. It is worth a read, if you
have not seen it. It includes such priceless exchanges as:
Mr. J. George, of Birmingham, in giving evidence, said that . . . he
had on many an occasion spent an hour at Coventry just for the
pleasure he found in hearing the bells, though they were only chimed.
Sir Henry: I notice that you appear somewhat deaf; can you hear?
Mr. George: Fairly well.
How long have you been deaf? - 30 years.
Sir Henry: But do you think your hearing good enough to judge bell
Mr. George: Though one ear is deaf, I hear twice as well with the
And the following explanation of old-style hums:
He would like to remind the Chancellor, in regard to the properties
of the flat seventh, that it was analogous to what they had studied
in mathematical problems where a factor was introduced for the
purpose of preventing recurrence. He thought the function of the
flat seventh hum-note was very probably somewhat similar, inasmuch
as it prevented the harmonics getting control of the primary wave
lengths of sound.
Enjoy! - and the 'recording' of the bells, if you haven't yet heard
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