John Eachus responds:

Bell Striker Wear:

Steel bells & bronze bells should be rotated periodically, yes, maintained, to provide even striker wear on the inside of the bell. Uneven striker wear will eventually cause a bell to fracture.
The bell / yoke assembly should be loosened yearly, the bell rotated slightly, then re-tightened. By rotating the bell, the bell metal is “hammered” evenly around the circumference. This should be done for inside striker and outside strikers.

Steel bells should be painted; painting does not affect the sound.

Bronze bells should never be painted; painting fills the bronze pours and affects the bell sound.


This information was posted with John’s permission.