[Bell Historians] Re: Taylors - Eayre & Smith merger

Andrew Higson andrew_higson at ...
Tue May 17 11:37:20 BST 2005

Hi Folks

I've been away in Oz for a month, hope you didn't miss me!

Anything happen while I was away?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Offen" <richard at ...>
To: <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:18 AM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Re: Taylors - Eayre & Smith merger

> --- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "Mike Chester" <mike at m...> wrote:
>> When push comes to shove, we have no real influence on what happens 
>> with the merger. It has seemed likely to me for a while that there 
>> were too many companies bidding for the available work and therefore 
>> there may well be many positives from this merger.
>> As with any company, if you are placing an order of the magnitude of 
> a 
>> major rehang/augmentation you should research what you want, find out 
>> which of the companies will supply you with exactly that and make a 
>> decision based upon their replies. From the article in The Ringing 
>> World, this seems to be what Wokingham did and, perhaps, this is an 
>> example it would be worth following.
>> Mike
> I entirely agree. I has seemed to me for quite some time that the 
> proliferation of bell hanging firms in recent years was not sustainable.
> In addition to careful research before engaging a company, far too few 
> churches actually call the bell hangers back to put right niggling 
> little faults after a ring has been installed. 
> The classic example of this, only a few years ago, was the place where 
> a ring had been rehung with a new frame and fittings. The then 
> Diocesan Advisor (he'll know to whom I'm referring!) was invited to 
> ring the fourth in the dedicatory rounds and found it to go like the 
> side of a house. After the service, he mentioned this to the Tower 
> Captain who replied, "Oh, it always used to go badly before we had `em 
> done!" Most people wouldn't dream of accepting good from a high 
> street retailer that were defective, so why do they consider that a 
> newly restored ring of bells is any different?
> In my experience most of the bell hanging firms are pretty good at 
> coming to rectify faults (some you have to battle with on occasions!), 
> as it is in their interests to ensure that a job is as good as possible.
> Richard
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