Warner's, Bowell, and harmonic tuning.
nigeltaylor at k...
Fri Jan 28 13:39:40 GMT 2005
I sometimes wonder if the likes of Bowell and Warners struggled with
harmonic tuning for so long just because they were trying to follow
Canon Simpson's advice, without realising that Simpson was a bit wide
of the mark as regards where to tune to control which partials.<
Apart from a few "accidents", there is nothing to suggest that
Warner's had any real idea on how to correct bells in-tune. Apart
from not realising how to control the 2nd partial, they often failed
to achieve octave hums, and could not even align the nominals! Warner
bells are minor 3rd beasts; sometimes a little sharp, and sometimes
Bowell never attempted "harmonic tuning" because he had not the first
idea on how to design the bells, in order to achieve a correctable
profile. He did not possess a proper set of calibrated forks either.
He did sometimes machine bells from shoulder to soundbow, but this
included old bells with flat 5ths and 2nd partials!
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