[Bell Historians] Coventry bells - the last post

bellmaster andrew_higson at t...
Thu May 13 08:54:52 BST 2004

Nice work, Bill

It would be "fun" to persuade the cathedral authorities to let you put up a speaker system with a big enough output to be convincing in the old belfry. It is the belfry bit of the installation that makes the difference, good as Bill's manipulation is, we are still listening to Mancroft (probably not even that given the close range of the recording which cuts out most of the tower's ambience), transposed into the right key for Coventry.

Do that and I shall join DLC for a pint in the Dolphin - his round, of course!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bill Hibbert 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 8:45 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Coventry bells - the last post

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 

Bill H 

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