Im to buy a no 30 iron cs bell soon. Is 200.00 a stiff price for this bell?
If the bell itself is cracked it cannot be repaired and the resonance is ruined. Ringing will deepen the crack. It depends on if you want to spend that much on a display piece. I would not. If the crack is in the mounting hardware it can probably be brazed and two hundred would be a bargain.
15 years ago I fixed a Rumsey& Co no8 bell that was cracked in the sound bow. The bell made an aweful crash bunk” sound before I fixed it. I took a thin 7 inch grinder and ground all way through the bell as I followed the crack. I went 2 inches past the crack and the sound was restored. Three quarters of its tone is restored. The gap is close to one fourth of an inch wide. They have rung this bell most every Sunday for 15 years and it has never changed tone. The mistake they made with the liberty bell I believe was those spikes driven in the crack (gap) The spikes made more stress on it when the clapper hit the sides. If they had left those spikes out, there would not have been stress on it. That’s my theory and to back it up, that cast iron alloy Rumsey bell is proof. I may buy the no 30 and try that on it too. If it works again, the only thing would be a cosmetic issue.
The No 30 all have a sweet grand tone. The whole chord is in some major chord. The 32 34 36 has a melancholy minor like chord. I’m not sure what note No 30 yields. They did not tune iron bells at CS Bell Co…They came out with each numbers particular tone. If an identical no 30 was cast, it would sound just like yours unless the mold was disturbed.