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      Anonymous
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      Steven asks:

      I recently purchased an old C. S. Bell Company number 28 Steel Alloy School House Bell for installation in my little country church. The church presently has a 16 inch diameter dinner bell. The bell I purchased is in excellent condition with hardly no rust due to its use in a school bell tower for many years. MY QUESTION; On the inside of the bell on both sides there is about an eighth of an inch indention where the bell has been constantly struck over the years. When I install the bell should I loosen the bolts which hold it to its yoke and turn it so that it will strike in a fresh place? If so, would this affect the tone of the bell? Thanks for your assistance in this matter.

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    • #13205
      hjlong
      Member

      If you can loosen the bolt attaching the yoke and clapper to the bell and turn the bell, this would certainly change the strike spot and avoid further wear & tear on the bell. It will not impact the tone. Unfortunately, the bolt & nuts are usually so rusted that they cannot be loosened and may need to be cut and replaced with a new bolt. It may be just as efficacious to leave well enough alone. Unless the bell is to receive excessive usage, the additional wear will be negligible.
      HJLong, MD

    • #13206
      Frank
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      HJLong’s response is right on target. Good advice.

    • #13207
      Anonymous
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      Steven has another question:

      I recently asked a question about a worn spot on an old C. S. Bell and appreciate your quick response. I recently purchased an old C. S. Bell Company #28 School House Bell. I am tickled to death. Now I can understand why so many bell enthusiasts LOVE these old bells! I was surprised to find the date of the casting molded under the bell on the inside 7 8 21. This historic old bell was originally purchased by the West Virginia Coal and Coke Company (1929) and used in the school within this company town for some 50 years. I plan on installing the bell in my little country church about 2 miles away from Norton where it lived out most of its life. MY QUESTION: The bell is in good condition (already inquired about some slight worn marks on the inside where it was struck). However, the outside of the bell does have numerous, although shallow, pot marks. I estimate those marks are no more than a 16th to an 8th of an inch thick. Although the bell spent its whole life in a steeple it evidently took some weather due to blow ins and/or leaky roof. The bell has a wonderful rich and loud tone. Would you recommend that I sand down the outside of the bell and apply some good metal primer and metal paint? Would this painting AFFECT its TONE and LOUDNESS? The bell will be placed in a good dry steeple in its new location. There is no evidence the 86 year old bell was ever painted. Also could I use sand paper instead of having the bell actually sand blasted. The inside of the bell is in excellent shape except for the slight wear marks already discussed.

      Can you help?

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      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13208
      Anonymous
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      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.

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