By Edmund W. Jupp
The purpose of the "Watching" sequence is to attract consciousness to a couple of the very attention-grabbing goods round us, issues that maybe we do not discover up to we'd. the 1st was once "Bridge Watching", and whilst this used to be positioned "on the web" it produced, to the shock of the writer, this type of friendly flood of electronic mail that one other was once written, known as "Water Watching". This, too, used to be kindly obtained. So it was once tempting to proceed with the subject. many of us understand little or no approximately bells, and a few, unfortunately, be aware of not anything in any respect. it is a pity for, huge or little, they are often attractive gadgets. chances are you'll imagine that "Bell listening to" will be a greater name; yet bells has its personal charm, too. In England, church bells are popular, due to the sounds they make, notwithstanding many of us haven't obvious the bells themselves. Doorbells, too, are primary goods in lots of homes, yet are hardly appeared with any specific curiosity. a few of these usually are not what's popularly imagined as bell-shaped, and are extra accurately chimes. Then there are bicycle bells, cowbells, and plenty of other forms, too, all worth a notion. issues which are loose are doubly appealing. It bills not anything to benefit from the pleasures of having to grasp those fascinating gadgets. studying a bit concerning the interesting characteristics of bells normally will be an relaxing career, and will begin a full of life interest approximately them. The extra you recognize approximately them, the extra attention-grabbing they turn into.
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They are tuned to A-440. This is important, if they are to work with other sets or part sets. A full set consists of five complete chromatic octaves, from C below middle C upwards. You may, rarely, come across a sixth octave above this, with very small high-pitched bells. All of these demand precise tuning. When the bell itself is made, the clapper is fitted, with leather pegs or strikers in the ball and small pieces of felt attached, with small springs to prevent unwanted contact during movement.
Modern methods of pattern making, smelting, tuning and casting have made bell-founding a very different task in many ways, but the basic skills remain the same. Turning now to the other end of the scale, little bells like those hung around the necks of cats are usually of tinplate, and are formed in two hemi-spherical parts. They are then seamed together, after the small pea or ball has been inserted. They are of necessity very light in weight, and for that matter make very little sound, pleasing the owners rather than the animals.
They may be polished only, but often are plated, too, and the leather handles made supple and comfortable to the hand. The number in a set will depend upon the opulence of the ringers. Even a half set can produce good entertainment in the hands of skilled performers. These sets are very valuable, and carefully handled by the ringers. The thickness of the bell material is surprisingly small, just enough to provide the necessary rigidity to the shape. They are thus vulnerable to rough handling and knocks.
Bell Watching (Watching S.) by Edmund W. Jupp