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    • #10644
      stormera
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      I have a 20 inch cast iron farm/dinner that became cracked from a vigorous clap a year or so ago. Now it clanks rather than rings.
      Can it be fixed?

    • #13224
      hjlong
      Member

      Your bell is probably cast steel and not cast iron. Cast Iron is crystaline and very brittle and has a clunky tone even without a crack. Cast steel is less brittle and has a sharp piercing tone. If it is iron, there is little that you can do to salvage the bell as welding will not improve the bell or its sound, and may result in its shattering into many pieces. If it is cast steel, you can try welding the crack or braising it with bronze braising rod, but it is unlikely that the weld will hold up and the tone will remain poor. My best advice is to keep it for ornamental purposes only. If you need a functional bell, you should look for a replacement.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13225
      nightflier51
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      Hi There are small foundrys that will take your bell use it for a pattern, melt the original metal with other mix and repour it. It will sound the same as it did before it cracked. One man in Florida , John Allen owns the Consolidated Casting Co. will do it for around 300.00. He recast one for me and i am happy with it. It was a 20 incher (morning glory shapped). Go to search and click the firms name above.

    • #13226
      Audinos
      Participant

      There is a brass and bronze foundry in Salem, Oregon (Valley Brass & Aluminum), that has sand-cast bronze bells up to about 30″ from cracked iron originals. I don’t know whether the sound would improve much, given the shape and the lack of tuning, but a place like this might be an option.

    • #13227
      hjlong3
      Participant

      As a 24″ cast steel bell, this is probably a C.S. Bell Co. school bell, and you should try to purchase a yoke and “A” frames for a #24 CS Bell if you can find them. I believe that Todd Lower or John Eachus recast the hardware and have it for sale, but you will pay a significant price for new mountings. Earlier comments in this site will give you details about the new hardware.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13228
      HeritageCrackRepair
      Participant

      We might be able to repair the crack for you, we have had success in welding up bell cracks in the past. However the cost is not cheap due to the expensive weld rod that it takes. We have repaired CS Bell with two large cracks in it but it took almost 40lbs of weld rod, at almost $30 a lb plus labor. Not sure how large your crack is and the value you have on the bell, but it can be repaired. Please feel free to contact me at Heritage Custom Fabricators, 800-343-4279 my name is Clint. Thanks and I hope we can help. 😀

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