[Bell Historians] SG/WI - was Tuning forks

Bickerton, Roderic K (SELEX) (UK) roderic.bickerton at 6vIoocP6b1337Lxw5omREc0rPNZZYIAp2eLoQ-td7nVZvItBgebNKFmHuyqvWX-_XIDUx9DSYowap2ZysQYLFcF5l1po7w.yahoo.invalid
Wed Apr 19 08:35:11 BST 2006

Clapper indentation is a different issue and is much more dependent on the way the ball hits the bell than the material.
the old baldric or any badly warn clapper baring for that matter allows the clapper to hit the bell with some sideways motion and with the clapper face angle twisting a little out of line. this produces a scuffing action producing excess ware with a classic horizontal skid mark of a clapper indentation.
Good tight clapper bearings allow no rotation or horizontal movement resulting in a small neat circular indentation and very little ware.
I submit that differences in ware of different materials has no relevance in comparison to the importance of good clapper bearings, and accurate clapper alignment.

> What has yet to be mentioned is that a wrought iron clapper is sacrificial
> and much kinder to a bell than either EN16 or SG.

Not entirely sacrificial, or it would never be necessary to quarter-turn
bells because of (old) clapper indentation.

> ... and as I have said before you do not need a string of
> irrelevant letters after your name to distinguish a good sound from an
> indifferent one.

Indeed not.

C D (Dip.Phot.Eal.)

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