Cambridge Maximus: The 3-4 Position

I am looking at the patterns arising when ringing the "normal" place bells in Cambridge Maximus - that is, place bells other than 2nd, 3rd and 5th. The normal place bells are the ones that contain a set of Cambridge places. This article is about the 3-4 position.

In the 3-4 position, both bells make places in the same half of the lead, and the places overlap. There are 3 pairs of place bells in which the Cambridge places occur in the first half of the lead, and 3 pairs in which the places are in the second half of the lead; of course, these pairs of place bells are the reverses of the first 3. In the treble bob hunting below the treble, the bells are separated by one bell in the coursing order, so they cross in 2-3. This is the same relative position as in the treble bob hunting above the treble, and is characterised by scissors dodges.

The stability of the overlapping places, and having the same treble bob hunting position above and below the treble, are pleasant features of the 3-4 course. The composition I've chosen for our peal attempt maximises this advantage by keeping 3-4 in their home position throughout.


Coursing in the 3-4 position

I find two of the "exceptional" leads easier to ring than the "normal" leads in the 3-4 position. The 5 & 9 pair and the 2 & 6 pair are predominantly coursing with one of the bells going through the other bell's 9/10 places. It is very similar to coursing position in Yorkshire but with a bit of scissor dodging at the back instead of coursing. I wonder whether this pair of place bells has the lowest separation score of any of the place bell pairs in Cambridge Max?