Re: Re: Advantages of straight versus balanced/arched yokes.
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I was asking mainly about the yoke that is attached to the bell and allows it to pivot. In America and a few parts of Europe (mainly in the Netherlands), the yoke is arch-shaped, so that the pivot point is around the waist of the bell.
In most of Europe, however, the yoke is a straight bar of metal or wood which the bell hangs from. The pivot point of this kind of bell is right at the crown or the canons.
I’m not referring to dead-hung bells, such as those in carillons or in Eastern Orthodox or Latin American churches.