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For completeness, here are the leads of the 5-6 position, although I'm starting to doubt whether there is much insight to be gained from going through this exercise for anything other than coursing and 3-4. First, here are the leads that involve an exceptional place bell.

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The leads of the 7-8 position can be classified similarly to those of the 9-10 position. First, the six leads that combine an exceptional place bell with a normal place bell.

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In a previous article, quite a long time ago now, I classified the place bells of Cambridge Maximus as "normal" (containing a set of places) and "exceptional" (2nd, 3rd and 5th place bells). The idea is that if both of your bells are ringing normal place bells, then there is...Read more

The New Year holiday seems to be a popular time for intensive handbell ringing. On Saturday 31st December there were 9 quarters at 26 Wilsthorpe Road, Breaston. On Monday 2nd January there were 6 quarters at 64 Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter. We had a modest handbell day at Tulloch Lodge...Read more

Following Jonathan's comment, it's worth showing the other combinations of place bells in the 3-4 position - those in which one or both bells are ringing one of the "exceptional" place bells, i.e. 2nd, 3rd and 5th.

Two of the combinations have a stretch of coursing below the treble:

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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.

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The previous article introduced the idea of exceptional (2nd, 3rd and 5th) and normal (all the others) place bells in Cambridge Maximus. In the next few articles I will focus on the normal place bells to see the patterns that they involve for each of the handbell pairs, starting...Read more

We have another Scottish Handbell Day coming up on Saturday, which we will report on afterwards. We're expecting at least 18 people, so it's going to be a busy day. We decided to make a weekend of it by arranging to go for a...Read more

After our promising Cambridge Maximus session, I started wondering what would be the best peal composition. I don't remember seeing many compositions that are billed as being suitable for handbells. After a little thought, it seems to me that the challenge is to balance two goals: to keep as...Read more

We are just back from a handbell weekend in Tulloch, hosted by Helen McGregor and Peter Bevis. Saturday was the general handbell day, with practice sessions and quarters including Plain Bob Minor (Thomas Gay's first quarter), Stedman Triples, Yorkshire Major and Kent Royal....Read more


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