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Handbell Restraining Springs

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Restraining Spring and the yoke are the mechanical center of the handbell and are the parts which control the clapper strike. The yoke allows the clapper to swing back and forth in one plane, and that the clapper is restrained from resting against the bell by means of a restraining spring on either side of the pivot. The amount of restraint provided by each restraining spring is adjustable by means of the screw which holds the spring to the yoke/handle coupler assembly. By turning the screw in (clockwise), the ends of the spring are forced upwards and hold the clapper further from the bell. Thus, it takes more energy to overcome the resistance of the restraining spring for the clapper to strike the bell. By turning the screw out (counterclockwise), the ends on the spring move downward and permit the clapper to come closer to the bell and thus requires less effort to ring it.

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Description

The ideal setting for the spring is one that enables the ringers to carefully handle the bell without its ringing accidentally, yet permits the bell to be rung with a light touch for soft musical passages.
The means of adjusting the tension on either spring in a bell to a different degree of restraint is a distinct advantage when ringing Four-in-Hand. By increasing the restraint on the return stroke spring, the possibility of accidental back ring is reduced or eliminated. The same means can be used in helping to eliminate unintentional double strike or back ring with the usual technique of bell ringing.

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Key Range

C2 – F#3, G3 – E5, F5 – B5, C6 – D#6, E6 – G6, G#6 – G8