Augmented today with a bargain bell found on table top sale. Miraculously the bell tunes to become the new second of the eight. The clapper has a new counterweight cast and awaits assembly. Now I need to find a top F sharp to complete the octave.
Had an experiment tonight with the nylon rope attempting quite successfully to join the sally rope and the normal thin bell rope. So now the principle is proved the work can begin properly to make one up to test it.