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Re: model bell

I think the main problem with small bells is that they are very hard to 
ring the
same way as large bells. If we get a bell with the slider, stay, and rope
attachment of a real bell, it will take a lot of practice to be able to 
ring it
correctly. That would be like the model bell at advent. For ringers, I 
this is fine because even if we can't ring the bell we know enough about 
how it
works to show someone. For non-ringers, I think we would want a bell with
stiffer bearings so that it will ring slower and have less of a tendancy 
to go
out of control as soon as you pull it off. The wooden one might be good, 
if it has to be turned by hand. It obviously isn't a real bell, but it 
show how a real bell works.


Quoting Laura Dickerson <lauradi erols com>:
>    The new education/docent coordinator/outreach person at Old North
> (I've forgotten her name and title) would like us to have some sort of
> model bell that the docents leading the behind-the-scenes tours can use
> as part of the demonstration.  Kerry suggested the one  offered for sale
> at Pam Copson's site:
> http://www.copson.btinternet.co.uk/number_one_bell.html
>    I have been trying out (clinking my ring against) the various flower
> pots at the Salem Street Ace Hardware and am intrigued at the idea of
> trying to make a little bell on a wheel. I suppose it would hang down in
> front of the bookshelf.  We'd have to move the wood block out of the
> way, and (more difficult) make the mechanism.  I am planning to email
> David Town, who makes small wheels, to get his advice. Remember that
> mini-rings don't necessarily have sliders and stays. This would make it
> easier to design but less accurate for showing the tourists what we do.
>   Any ideas?
> Laura Dickerson
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