[Bell Historians] Coventry bells - the last post
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
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