Andrew Higson andrew_higson at ...
Fri Aug 12 14:04:42 BST 2005

I did one of these once. It comprised of the unused set of 4 sanctuary
bells which were conveniently mounted on a stand. I put this on a record
player with a conveniently mounted bar hanging down to hit the bells as
they passed by. The whole lot was placed on top of the swell box and the
mains connected through a suitable relay to the draw stop. Can't
remember if I set it to 33 1/3 or 45 rpm. 78 was too fast, though!


-----Original Message-----
From: bellhistorians at
[mailto:bellhistorians at] On Behalf Of LOVE, Dickon
Sent: 12 August 2005 13:54
To: bellhistorians at
Subject: [Bell Historians] Cripplegate (was St Giles, Cathedral,
Edinburgh )

"Are you sure St Giles' Cripplegate has a cybalstern (set of four or 
six small bells, mounted on a rotating disc, which give a jingling, 
tinkling sound used as a background to organ pieces such as JS Bach's 
choral prelude on In Dulci Jubilo)?"

I am sure. Last year the ASCY had a service there to mark the 50th
anniversary of the bells (we had a ringers' choir). Mark Jones (ASCY
ringer) made sure the cymbalstern had an outing when he played for it.
I'll ask him how new it is. The church is launching an appeal to restore
the organ. The ASCY incidentally is supporting a new appeal to install a
sharp 2nd.

I think most modern cymbalsterns ring their bells with solenoids - St
John's College Cambridge does for example. I gather you can preprogramme
the order in which they are set to jangle as a consequence. The spinning
star on the front of the organ case is for show only.



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