2006
NEW 3-BELL SWINGING PEAL
(with some Australian firsts)

A college in Adelaide received in June 2006 a 3-bell “Te Deum” (European) peal with notes B (330 kg),  D (190 kg), E (155 kg).  The bells are placed in vertical arrangement in a timber bell-frame 5 metres high within a tower, and are powered to swing by linear motors (no moving parts, no chain drive).  Each bell has additionally an electromagnetic chiming hammer for operation (the bell remaining stationary) of Elevation, Angelus, and Funeral toll respectively.  Some of the bell-ringing operations take place automatically from programs in a control unit – others can be started by remote control, using a hand-held cordless telephone.  The musical notes B-D-E are the first three notes of the Te Deum chant, reflecting what might be heard sung in the college chapel from time to time.

 


The bells at workshop ready for delivery and installation.

 


Bell no. 2 in the peal, showing the linear motor (L), its chiming hammer (R), and timber headstock and framing which are in glue-laminated jarrah.

The bells for this peal came from Paccard Fonderie de Cloches, France, for which Bagot Bell is Australian representative.  In October 2006 Mr Philippe Paccard (Director-General), visiting the installation with its Australian timber framing and the linear motors, concluded:  "... outstanding -- a masterpiece ..."

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First swinging peal made in Australia with all-timber framings in glue-laminated jarrah.
First swinging peal in Australia using linear motors.
First swinging peal made in Australia with bells in vertical arrangement.
First swinging peal in Australia with remote control action.
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