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      vtbuck223
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      Hi All….it’s been a long and sometimes literally painful journey but my bell restoration has come to an end. Keep in mind…I knew nothing about bells or bell restoration prior to obtaining this bell. You can see my original post from March 15 titled “help identify bell”. I have about $200 in the restoration…most of which was for a fabication of a foot and weld on the frame ($115)…they did an excellent job. I chose not to have them repair the yoke at this time which would have been an additional $200…but I am considering it at some point in the future…or maybe the next owner will do it. Instead…I chose to try and make my own wooden yoke….and I am fairly pleased at the results. The bell sound great…and has a prominent place in our home. I finished it just in time so that this morning it could join in during the “pealing” of the bells in England for the royal wedding. The sound of which was spectaclular…by the way…even over the television….though 3 hours continuously might drive someone mad. I would appreciate any comments on this bell and it’s restoration. Also…my final question is related to value. I have no intention of selling it at this point but I often end up trading cool things I have for other cool things I want….that’s how I got this bell to begin with. So…what is a fair value that I could expect in sale or trade? Thanks. Jeremy.

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      vtbuck223
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      Here is another pic that I couldn’t fit into original post. Jeremy

    • #16394
      jackbell
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      Jeremy: It looks great. If you had used the original yoke this bell would have just looked like every other steel bell but the wood yoke looks much better, a real eye-catcher.

    • #16395
      newtobells
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      Jeremy – your bell looks fantastic! I just brought back an old bell from my grandmother’s house and would like to possibly restore it. Could you give me some pointers since I think I am in the same boat you were in before your restoration? I really don’t know what to do first, or even if I should attempt restoration myself. Is your bell displayed outside? I have attached a picture of my bell. The bell has been sitting outside in an old shed for who knows how long, so I think my first step is to get rid of the rust.

      Thanks! ~ Karen

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    • #16396
      vtbuck223
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      Karen…just to be clear…I knew absolutely nothing about bells before restoring this one…so there is hope for you yet. I am pretty handy with hand tools and sort of “figuring things out” which was helpful. Reading through the various posts on this site was also helpful. There are many ways you could go about restoring your bell and getting it back to a place where it can bring you years of ringing pleasure. Don’t feel like you have to do it all in one day…it took me a couple months to finish mine. You first need to decide if you are wanting a complete restoration to near original condition or are you willing to settle for a modified restoration. A complete restoration would require you to purchase all the missing parts and repair anything that is broken. A modified restoration is what I did…by making my own yoke. Think about how you would like to hang your bell and get it to ring. It’s hard to tell from your picture what may need repair…for instance are the “pins” on the yoke still there so that you could make your own brackets in which to hang the bell? There really are many ways you could go about this. The sanding and painting are a good place to start and is really the easy part…but fun. You also should decide whether you want to take it apart before sanding painting. If so…use plenty of WD 40 on those nuts and you should be fine. Take it one step at a time and have fun…you don’t have to figure it all out today…just get started. Jeremy

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