[r-t] Tritonian S. Max
pje24 at cantab.net
Mon Aug 22 13:24:00 UTC 2016
Jack: "Here is a new London over method with a regular half lead: Tritonian
S. Maximus &3x3.4x2x3.4x2.5.2x2.7.4x6.9.8x0.E, le 2 [d]"
Thanks for sharing.
I like the way there's a run off the front (either little bell or involving
the tenors) in every lead of the course. This is quite an unusual property
in treble-dodging maximus methods (and Bristol doesn't have this feature,
On the flip side, though, the formulaic London overwork coupled with the
d-group leadend order means runs at the back are rather sparsely
distributed. 4 of the 11 leads of the plain course don't have any runs over
the treble, with a further 2 leads just containing a pair of 4-bell runs (in
Bristol all leads have runs at the back, as indeed will any f-group London
over treble-dodging max method - one of the rare positive features of
It is also a nice feature that, as you say, "To get the regular half lead I
made coursing pairs work together in 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-0 under the
treble", though this is a slight approximation given bells 2 & 5 find
themselves together on the front, just 4 changes into the method :-)
On a small point, have you investigated modifying Tritonian to replace the
2x2 section with x to produce a slightly concentrated alliance method? This
might allow more compositional possibilities.
More generally, though, does anyone still ring towerbell peals of new single
surprise maximus methods? Isn't this a bit like trying to construct a new
house out of only one, identical building block?
A quick analysis by decade of the date single surprise max methods were
first pealed on towerbells shows:
Decade # new S Max Methods rung in single-method peals:
It does look like we're well over "peak single method" peals, at least on
higher numbers. Contrary to what some may think, this is no bad reflection
on the health of ringing.
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