[Bell Historians] Ellacombe or not?
JRN at N...
Sat May 22 12:45:14 BST 2004
On Fri 21 May, Carl S Zimmerman wrote:
> In private correspondence with Mike Chester about chiming mechanisms,
> I raised a question about use of the term "Ellacombe". I've often
> used it as a loose equivalent for any sort of taut-rope clavier. He
> uses whatever term has been reported to him by his sources, which is
> quite reasonable.
> But shouldn't that term really be reserved for what H.T.Ellacombe
> actually designed--a quick-release rack for use with chiming hammers
> mounted below ringing bells? And if so, what should it actually be
> called? Possible candidates:
> Ellacombe apparatus
> Ellacombe stand [analogous to chimestand]
> Ellacombe rack
> something else?
> If the term should be restricted to Ellacombe's invention, then what
> terminology should be used for other taut-rope (non-keyboard) playing
> mechanisms? Such mechanisms are still in use with Harrington tubular
> chimes in England and Canada, as well as Hooper conventional chimes
> in Massachusetts.
> Ideas, please?
At Hurstpierpoint we call our chiming apparatus just that - the 'chiming
(As it has a label stating it was made by Warner it would hardly be
appropriate to call it Ellacombe, quite apart from the design being
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