[Bell Historians] Taylors and stretch tuning

bill@hibberts.co.uk [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Sun Jul 15 17:39:21 BST 2018

I have just completed an investigation into stretch tuning by Taylors from the 1950s to the 1970s. It's an extension of the work I did a few years ago, but extended to cover 6,110 bells in total, and 1,592 Taylor bells. The article is online at http://www.hibberts.co.uk/stretchtuning.htm http://www.hibberts.co.uk/stretchtuning.htm . The key points are:
 a claim by a bellfounder of the ability to independently tune the upper partials in a bell is probably not justified
 the actual tuning figures of five complete Taylor peals of 8, 10 and 12 match closely the theoretical predictions of strike pitch shift due to thick trebles.
 Clearly Paul Taylor was hearing and tuning strike pitches when he adopted stretch tuning. I wonder how he was able to measure and tune them so closely, and whether he had a method of calculating them from the bell partials?


 Bill H

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