[Bell Historians] Re: Worcester Cathedral

groups.steve.powell@channel-two.net [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Tue May 31 19:56:50 BST 2016

Thank you for all the fascinating information about the tuning intervals. I've yet to hear the Harmonic Minor Ten live but fully intend to at the next opportunity. As said, they sound hauntingly beautiful in the recording.

 Referring back to the photograph I mentioned earlier, I note that the Bourdon, although clearly equipped with bearings, has a metal strap restraining any possible movement, thus effectively rendering it hung dead.

 I have read somewhere that it does have (or once had) a clapper that could be operated via a rope. I do vaguely remember a rope that came right down to ground level (in the North Transept I think).

 This raises some more questions:

 Has the current Bourdon ever been swing-chimed as appears theoretically possible if the strap were removed?

 Am I correct about a clapper rope? 

 If yes, would that have been the ground-level rope I recall or if no, then what was that rope for (if it's not a figment of my imagination)?




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