[Bell Historians] Musical scales, bell register

Bickerton, Roderic K (SELEX) (UK) roderic.bickerton at ydFvUdD1cDNehCfZm9HfRjj1pB0lqG_GhdsZkcJ6QV_DsGz-5t972jlvyJXpZSYEwv6Ksk5-r_SG3j988_emgcV1ffhc.yahoo.invalid
Mon Dec 4 14:19:48 GMT 2006

How very strange. 
Frequencies or recordings are accurate facts and would in the case of
accidental destruction of a bell help to preserve a record of what it
was. The nominal note would not appear to contain any historically
accurate information, particularly as official pitch has in the past
changed (old concert pitch)

As for the work load argument, that is piteous. Many people collect
data. A system that allows direct input is needed. 
There are many data bases that allow this, with deletions only allowed
by a moderator and all data automatically attributed to  the person who
supplies it.

Have a look at wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Pageworks)
to see a vast on line open data base.
Stick "bell ringing" (or anything else) into its search box.

It pulled up this with link which I did not know about:
Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing by Richard Duckworth and Fabian
Stedman, available freely at Project Gutenberg 

No! This would take away the meaning of what the vast majority of
ringers understand by the note of their tenor bell. You would make the
register more exclusive to people than inclusive. It would also mean an
exponentially higher amount of work has to be done on a voluntary basis
with the rewards being understood by only a tiny fraction of the ringing

There are currently 28,133 bells in the proto-NBR, equating to 58.7% of
the total bells IN RINGS OF 3 OR MORE. On my calculations this would
mean a total of around 48,000 bells needed to be recorded. The cost in
time and money of adding these to the database would vastly outweigh the
limited value that would be gained from it. Perhaps a selection of bells
that are noteable for being particularly good, or even bad, or a typical
example of a given founder, perhaps, but every bell? I doubt it.


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