These structures are generally constructed in solid oak wood and installed within the bell chamber. Our highly skilled workers must respect all the traditional norms which govern the transmission of ringing frequencies to the walls of the whole bell tower.
There are also cases where swinging bells are hung directly upon ledges or in bell tower windows as often witnessed in the southern European countries. Spain, Portugal, Italy and Southern France are good examples.
Although it is still possible to find bells rung by rope, here and there, the vast majority of church bells have been equipped over the last hundred years with electrical ringing devices. Much of this equipment is still in use today. We frequently recommend that these same ringers be equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic processor that will enable it to launch the bell with a soft start and continue to the maximum preset swing angle to achieve the desired number of clapper strikes per minute.
In certain situations, where lack of space for the traditional ringing apparatus (including the ringing wheel, motor base and chain) is a problem, we also install the linear technique bell ringer which is an alternative drive system. The gentle movement of the bell in full swing will guarantee full satisfaction in terms of sound quality. This is the ideal solution.
Bell strikers are an integral part of our production programme. The traditional striker is pulled by a rope mechanism which is released by a swivel rotating motor. This renders an optimal sound effect without impairing the bell itself. Other types of strikers are available in accordance with particular bell installations.
Our group of partners (the so-called Artisans Techniciens Campanaires) specializes in the repair, restoration, maintenance and automation of traditional tower clock mechanisms which one finds in all types of commercial buildings, churches and cathedrals across the land as well as in foreign markets.