[Bell Historians] Kemberton

David Kelly david at thekloof.co.uk
Sat May 14 11:53:56 BST 2022

Prior to tuning last year the tenor bell’s Nominal frequency was 943.5Hz and it was listed in on-line Dove and the printed editions as Bb. After tuning the Nominal frequency is listed as 926.7Hz which I would have put as Bb – 11 cents.



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I have made enquiries about the A flat and G sharp thing which is equally perplexing!!


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On Sat, 14 May 2022 at 8:26, Richard Offen

<richard.offen at iinet.net.au> wrote:

Could I ask why the new ring of six for Kemberton, Shropshire (soon to be eight) are being shown on the online Dove website as being in the key of A#?


If I remember my music theory correctly, A# Major is not in the circle of fifths as it’s structure, with three double sharps, is considered too complicated for practical use. 


The tenor at Kemberton, according to the nominal frequency given on the Dove page is 11 cents flat of B-flat, so why not show the ring in that commonly used key? To add insult to injury, one of the bells is shown as being in E-flat, which makes even more of a nonsense of it all!


Rings of bells are musical instruments and therefore, in my opinion, should conform to the tried and tested conventions of musical notation. 




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