[Bell Historians] Kemberton

Nigel Taylor nigelsdtaylor at outlook.com
Sun May 15 19:00:24 BST 2022

Ben Kipling and I considered this at some length. The challenges come as a result of the limited understanding of musical intervals. The answer to your query regarding how to describe rings tuned slightly flat of A or slightly sharp of, would be to use Gx or Bbb, but do you really want us to proceed down this road?

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And of course it is a very strange system in that A would be used to describe bells within an interval of one semitone whereas A# describes half a semitone and Bb likewise.

The reason people keep asking and challenging is that it so clearly not thought through!


On Sunday, 15 May 2022, 09:36:18 BST, Richard Smith <richard at ex-parrot.com> wrote:

Nigel Taylor wrote:

> When Online Dove moved to apply standard pitch (A=440) to note names, this
> resulted in some keynotes being changed. Ben Kipling and myself agreed that
> the note name should reflect the pitch standard, so sharp of F#
> international is Gb, and on pitch or flat of pitch is F#.

This policy makes sense for single bells, but I agree with
Richard that it's daft for rings.  It's not being applied
properly, anyway.  Why aren't York Minister, Exeter
Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral listed as A#?  Is it
perhaps because they wouldn't put up with this nonsense?


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