Bought in 1989 by my customer, these bells have been very well looked after. I was sent a copy of the Premier brochure that contains these studio chimes and have included this below, however the text on the front cover reads as follows:
As every percussionist knows, Premier never do anything by halves. Designs that have been proved by generations of experience. Nothing but the best materials. How much more then, could you expect from Premier’s range of tuned percussion instruments? The cream of Premier’s production. They are quite simply, the best money can buy. Made by perfectionists, for perfectionists. That’s why Premier is first in percussion.
What more is there to be said? These were designed when Premier were at the top, the bells are excellent as is the frame. The tonality is really good, the tuning is good and I have fully serviced the frame only making minor improvements to the damper mechanism.
Along with the rawhide mallet, the instrument has cases. Everything except the uprights goes into the black bag, whilst the uprights have a dust cover that has been purloined from something else.
Cosmetic damage is minimal. The chrome is still in excellent condition, none of the bells are showing signs of fatigue and there is very little damage to the frame. In summary, an excellent set of studio chimes.
This instrument is stored at my workshop which means that viewings can be easily arranged. For viewings or to make an offer send me an
I think these are Viscount chimes, in for repair. The damper pedal doesn’t work, and there are missing parts; also one of the bells is missing a cap, and the whole frame needs a bit of TLC.
The first thing I ask when I receive a broken instrument is, why did it break? In this case, it looks likely that the missing part snapped, but why? Probably because the design wasn’t that good to begin with, and that the force needed to damp the bells was too great for the aluminium that the part would have been made from. Therefore, I need to re-design the part, and look at the damper bars to improve their effectiveness, and subsequently reduce the force needed at the foot pedal.
This is the new part I am making
New component made, now it moves in two directions; forward and back, left to right to ensure that the tension force is all inline and there is no twisting. Part made from steel for strength.
Measurements of the bell cap taken off a complete bell and a copy made:
The bell is keyed to both provide a clean surface and give the solder a surface to stick to:
I have been commissioned to make a set of replica 1″ Chimes to replace a set that has been damaged. Having taken delivery of a load of brass tube and solid round, I need to cut the tubes oversize to clear the workshop floor & prevent the tubes from being damaged. Once the tubes have been cut and de-burred the hanging holes are drilled. The holes are then chamfered and filed to remove any sharp edges.
The caps made next, turned to a sliding fit:
Then cut to length, and the edges cut to a 2mm radius to match the bells I’m replicating.
The caps and tubes are soldered in, cleaned up ready to be polished and chrome plated.
Frame Repair The frame has two issues; the damper mechanism has broken, and a leg is bent
The two pins that make the fulcrum for the damper bar were held in with two tiny pins.
Due to the fact that both are missing, the design is flawed. I will replace them with turned bolts that can be thread locked and tightened hard into the frame.