The X-File (No. 14) - February 1997

Life in the X-file offices isnít quite as idyllic as some readers might think. Days spent appreciating the sublime qualities of cunningly devised wonder-methods are rare. As with the varied diet of the film critic, Moldy has to sit through the tedium of many an Ace Ventura for the occasional English Patient. Strange isnít it that some of our finest bells share a birthplace with some of our least newsworthy methods? Enough ramblings, on with the investigationsÖ

Method

lh

FCH

Rung at

On

Conductor

Pg

Kettleburgh

c

Babcd

Harrow Weald

1/1/97

J R Mayne

143

St Edmundsbury

e

Bdac

Steyning

6/1/97

D D Smith

145

Dowager Little

m

BD(in), B1D(out)

Bishopstoke

14/1/97

R LeMarechal

145

Century

m

BKOc

Meldreth

13/1/97

D E Sibson

195

Ananke

e

Bacde

Shoreditch

21/2/97

S A Wheeler

193

CCL

m

BDc

Welwyn

4/1/97

G Lint

217

Sirius

m

EFOc(out)

Moulton

25/1/97

A Haseldine

219

Kettleburgh Surprise Major : x3x4x5x36x34x3.4x6.5 lh 12

Kettleburgh sports the familiar Cambridge-above work but combines it with a more interesting frontwork to produce an interesting but relatively straightforward blue line. Wrong hunting around the half lead and four-spikes on the front when the treble is in 3-4 and 5-6. Obtaining good music off the front requires cunning composition choice because coursing pairs rarely meet either in 1-2 or 3-4, but the potential is still there. A pleasant diversion for a band wanting something a bit different.

St Edmundsbury Surprise Major : x34.5.4x5x3.4x4.3.56.34x1 lh 12

Any composition with Stan Jennerís name associated with it usually demands attention. Itís the nearest thing the exercise comes to a kite mark. A challenging line full of interest and packed full of musical promise, especially off the front with 8765s spread around the plain course. D falseness will hinder attempts to exploit its potential fully, but still well worth a try.

Dowager Little Surprise Royal : x3x4x2.5.6x2x6 lh 10

A contraction of the previously rung Maximus method of the same name. (Has the Dowager also similarly contracted?) Preventing the treble from getting to the back of the change is always a sure-fire way of stopping it disrupting your rollups. Dowager does this to great effect with the back bells hunting to a fishtail before a wrong four-pull dodge across the half lead. The composerís biggest problem is probably one of not running out of worthwhile courses. Splendid fun and elegantly simple construction, just the recipe to make Moldy purr!

Century Surprise Major : x5x4.5x2.36x4x3.6.34x1 lh 18

Great method, farcical pivot bell, awful falseness. 2nds place bell spends as much time leading as it is possible to do in a "legal" Surprise Major method. On the trebleís departure it awaits its return by alternating full leads with point blows in 2nds.The rest of the line is enthralling but difficult, and the O falseness probably demanded use of Davidís BYROC software. Opinion is divided as to whether the availability of such a product in the public domain is a good thing. Everybody else thinks it is. I donít.

Ananke Surprise Major : x5x4.56x5.6x4x5.34x2.3 lh 12

Itís almost Bristol above which is always a good start, and the deviation (56 place notation at the start of the second section) produces a 2468 at the back in the plain course which is a nice little bonus. I prefer the method obtained by replacing the 2nds with 4ths which doesnít seem to have been rung. Itís closer to a double method then and has more movement. This is good nonetheless and will no doubt have gone down well (a bit like Notts. Forest? - sorry Stephen!)

CCL Surprise Major : 34.5x4.5x5.36.4x34.5x34x1 lh 18

Anyone familiar with Norman Smithís 23-spliced will recognise this as being Bristol over Double Dublin with a 34 place notation added. OK, so itís a "trivial variation" of Reverse Dublin but so what? If youíve got a 250th anniversary to celebrate, this is well worth ringing. Tried and trusted Bristol music with a (little) bit of a difference.

Sirius Surprise Maximus : x36.7.8x9.50.36.4x470.5.36x9.0.38x4.3x4.50.1 lh 1T

Not exactly kids stuff being basically Orion, and not exactly highly original being basically Orion, but the Moulton band have done well to add to their astronomical repertoire. I always think that Orionís failing (heresy to some ears I know) is that the front work, although musical, is a bit dull compared to the complexity of the rest of the line. This offering manages to spice it up a bit while retaining similar music. Perhaps weíll see Sirius feature on the itinerary of peals of Spliced in the future.

The cricket seasonís with us again, now whereís my Graeme Hick joke book?

This file is now closed.

"MOLDY"



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