My new ropes arrived today as the nylon ones were not a success at the long term strength and kept breaking. These ropes made by Maypole Bells and look really smart. Make the bells much easier to ring as well now that there are proper sallies to look for and use.
Replaced the 3lb 5oz chromed ex police or fire engine bell today with a heavier 5ib 15 oz brass bell which came in the same box from Jim Currin. This bell is a much nicer more strident note and is almost identical in tone. Looks right and sounds nicer. Was worried it was a little too high in note but now hung and rung seems to fit in well. Still looking for a treble to complete the eight but nearly there after twenty years since starting.
Seaside towns always have ships chandlers which sell rope you can feel and check before you buy. Cowes in the Isle of Wight is just such a place where I found reasonably priced 6mm nylon rope to replace the short and joined current ropes. Also found some lovely thicker 15mm rope coloured in the traditional red whit blue sally colours which I hope to melt into the ropes to represent proper ropes. Should end up with ropes at a fraction of the cost. Could end up with eight ropes for £26!
A gift of a box of bells has resulted in a long awaited find. A bell which is a suitable note to be a treble and make a proper scale of six. Quickly fitted today after acquiring the bell yesterday, the Palace Campanile is now a proper six with all bells in the right scale and correct tone apart. The old treble has now finally taken its true place as the proper second in the ring and the bells sound much better as a result. Many thanks have to go Jim Currin for the bells.
After finishing off the interior lining for the end wall so that it did not need to come off again. The lining needed to go to the roof and access to this area is restricted once the frames are in place. The beams had to be trimmed slightly as a result of the roof work which allowed them to fit perfectly this time. The frames were erected with the back four frame going in first. The bells were put back into the pits and then the second frame was erected. Suddenly the bells were complete again and rang out again. This means that all the major items displaced as a result of the roof work is now back in place and even the lights were reassembled too. Massive clean up too......test ring to be arranged.