[Bell Historians] Re: Levels of Bell Production

David Willis dcwillispiano at QI8a7ly_0RLl8m33HFTS6ZM4pVqmqs7gYXusxrR30eKxPpy-XxIrdBezEs4JFHhWVjNKcyodtutnuhExpA.yahoo.invalid
Mon Oct 19 15:10:28 BST 2009

I would take the view that reductions in tonnage alone should not threaten the numbers
of jobs in our industry if the number of bells is acceptable.  It's the numbers of bells
that surely creates the market for headstocks, frames etc and employs the folks to
fit them.
Instinct tells me that it doesn't take twise the manhours and materials to make a bell double the size of another. This notion may be supported by the Whitechapel bell price
list . A small bell weighing 39 Ib will cost us £43.15 per Ib, however, the largest 
shown costs just £9.20.
--- On Sat, 17/10/09, Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at rDHISj4T1W-g7OF6NkBZWeJ7exWAUb6AFiMkc3bD_gB7oAKDCk02aNj7reFFN4rYCsKOvY3wlHuixzGkWqHZhvVG_qmh.yahoo.invalid> wrote:
Forgot to say earlier
Another key thing about this is that available figures are likely to be numerical - i.e. number of bells cast. More meaningful, yet harder still to establish, would be the figure for tonnage, i.e. total weight of bells cast in a given period.
Probably a tendency in recent years for there to be more bells numerically but smaller ones - so an apparent increase in activity may in fact mask a decline (or the decline is more serious than it appears)

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