[r-t] Chapelfields Delight Major

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Thu Sep 8 13:55:59 UTC 2005

I see from Campanophile that a new delight major method has been rung by
David Hull's band: Chapelfields Delight (b -3-  

As might be expected, this is a pretty good new method, with
unrestrictive Bac falseness and 43 <4-runs> in the plain course. The
pleasantly functional overwork is surprisingly uncommon, shared with
only 22 rung surprise (of which the best is probably Bedford) and 2 rung
delight methods.

The method has the David Hull signature of having regular half-lead-ends
(not half-lead heads), giving backrounds at handstroke as well as the
delightful x1-23456781 wrap hand-to-back in the plain course - compare
with Cumberland Row surprise major etc.

The -2-5.4-6.7 underwork is nice, and continues the recent Hull trait of
having methods with 6ths made around the half-lead.  In fact, there has
only been one method with the same string of notation around the
half-lead: the fairly recent Coniston Bluebird (b -3-4-2-1-2-5.4-6.7, 47
<4-runs>, BDc falseness), also a Hull method.

A harsh man might accuse Hull of a lack of novelty, just bolting an
underwork he likes onto an overwork that fits - watch out for unrung
methods like &-34-4-2-3-2-5.4-6.7 ,&34.56-4.56-2.3-2-5.4-6.7 etc making
an appearance at St Laurence, York in coming months. However, the
resulting methods do have the merit of being quite good - a pleasant
contrast to the widespread practice of bolting a gash overwork onto a
gash underwork to produce a gash new method. Call it the Loughborough
approach.  Or Meldreth approach. Or Kent approach. Or...

I would say that potentially better new methods can be created with the
Chapelfields overwork, however. The most unsubtle, which packs in the
runs whilst still being clean and avoiding being overly static, is:

&-3-4.56-56.1-2-1-2-7, 56 <4-runs>, Ba falseness			

A better alternative is:
m &-3-4.56-56.1-2-1-6-5, 55 <4-runs>, Ba falseness.

This has the pleasant -1-6-5 effect round the half-lead, the
treble-dodging counterpart to Chesterfield bob major (-1-6-5-7), which I
praised in an email on 21 Feb this year. This method also has some
similarities to Bedford Surprise (m &&-3-4.56-56.3-4-3-6-5, 49 <4-runs>,
Bad falseness) but is better.  If people lost their preoccupation with
'surprise'-at-all-costs they might ring better methods more frequently.

Other options include possibly the best method with the 36 change in the
notation adjacent to the half-lead: &-3-4.56-56.1-2-1-2.36.1, 51
<4-runs>, Ba falseness, and the Kent-place-fest a
&-3-4.56-56.1-2-1.34-34.1, 50 <4-runs>, Ba falseness, again better than
the similar rung method Belisma surprise.


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