[Bell Historians] olympics

Andrew Higson andrew.higson at Y8Hxm3duRcv4jOx0_mW-4-O62-C6sBbmEW5UiRSrpHEIoU5s7uXXY0LjYW4pZwcfT1SDn_DVRvjwGWhGAoKUBMRGbV9O_cA.yahoo.invalid
Thu Feb 9 13:26:53 GMT 2012

Well, if there is an increase in weight of a factor of 8 by dropping an octave (2'6" C 5cwt, 5'0" C 40 cwt) I'd go for something in the region of B flat - i.e. an octave below York Minster tenor. The Kentucky bell is an A and a bit heavier. There are youtube clips of it, so I guess that answers my question about the sound, although as Dickon says it depends how it is going to be sounded; swinging the bell could become a new Olympic sport - who can ring it to the balance the quickest?! I'll volunteer Millsy for the JT team.


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From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com [mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dickon Love
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>  Im slightly surprised no one has speculated what the bell might
>  sound like.

What do you think Andrew? Perhaps we should have a sweepstake on the nominal pitch - not that it will be the most obvious of the partials.

Of course, the overall sound also depends on whether it is struck dead, or hung for some sort of swinging.

Finally, if I am allowed to speculate, I'd suggest that the bell would sound much better if it were inside some sort of box or belfry.  It won't looks as impressive, but it would provide a decent resonating chamber.  The same thought has occurred to me about the Royal Jubilee Bells - I bet there will be a noticable difference in the sound between the river installation and the Garlickhythe one.



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