At noon Wednesday I think I heard its low D ring five times. "It's a work in progress," said David C. McFarland, property manager for KTR Management Services.
Tuesday's article about the silenced bell brought out two offers of help, McFarland said. One call was from Curt Mangel III, curator of the Wanamaker Organ in the Grand Court at Macy's. The other was from Verdin Bells & Clocks, which has a history of working with this bell.
Verdin's Doug Gefvert, sales representative for the area, says he suspects the mechanism that controls when the hammer strikes the bell has gone bad. "It's like it's having a stroke," he says of the intermittent peals. Repairmen expect to inspect the bell and its various mechanisms in the next few days, perhaps building a new controller at Verdin's Cincinnati headquarters.
"This is a huge piece of equipment," Gefvert said. "It's not the type of thing you carry around in your truck."
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