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Classic papers on bell tuning

Here are some classic papers on bell tuning, plus a talk given by an American founder and an account of the Coventry court case. Many more papers are available in Rossing's book Acoustics of Bells. The papers here have been selected because they show the historical development of understanding, and are out of copyright.

On Bells, Lord Rayleigh, 1890

On Bell Tones, Canon A B Simpson, 1895

On Bell Tones No. II, Canon A B Simpson, 1896

The court case on Coventry bells, 1926

Talk at Schenectady, Clinton Meneely, 1935

Lehr's paper on Dutch Bell-Founding and tuning, 1965

Terhardt and Seewann's paper on strike notes, 1984


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