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Fri Aug 12 14:13:43 BST 2005

--- In bellhistorians at, "Andrew Higson" 
<andrew_higson at t...> wrote:
> I did one of these once. It comprised of the unused set of 4 
> bells which were conveniently mounted on a stand. I put this on a 
> 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!
> Andrew
> -----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 )
> RCO:
> "Are you sure St Giles' Cripplegate has a cybalstern (set of four 
> six small bells, mounted on a rotating disc, which give a 
> tinkling sound used as a background to organ pieces such as JS 
> 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 
> ringer) made sure the cymbalstern had an outing when he played for 
> I'll ask him how new it is. The church is launching an appeal to 
> 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 - 
> John's College Cambridge does for example. I gather you can 
> the order in which they are set to jangle as a consequence. The 
> star on the front of the organ case is for show only.
> DrL
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