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Saxilby Ringing Simulators

The Indispensible route to better ringing



Church bell ringing simulators have been around for a long time now and their use as an important training tool is widely accepted.  Besides being great fun, time spent ringing on a simulator greatly helps development of both handling and listening skills and allows a person to get more practice (and with a perfect band) than can ever be achieved in a conventional practice night environment.

However, the vast majority of simulators are installed in bell towers and therefore stand idle and inaccessible most of the time.


Ideally, a ringer should have a simulator at home and be able to "ring a quick course/touch of something" whenever he or she wishes.  Owning a Saxilby Simulator makes this possible.


The design of this piece of equipment has been developed and refined over several years and can be regarded as optimal in many ways:

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Saxsim website last updated May 2023


Appearance:  The simulator is finished to a very high standard of workmanship and comments have always been very favourable!  A significant proportion of the 100+ hours taken to hand-build each unit goes on painting.  The simulator comes complete with a top quality 24" sally bell rope developed specifically for this application.


Weight:  The simulator is heavy enough to feel extremely realistic, but light enough to be mounted in a normal domestic roof space.


Size:  The simulator is not so small as to seem unrelated to a small tower bell, but not so large as to present a problem finding a place to install it, for example, in an attic or a pitched-roof garage.  A split wheel version is available to allow installation through a loft hatch.


Portability:  The simulator can be easily dismantled and transported in a hatchback car (see Technical Info. page)  A basic tool kit is provided with each simulator.


Installation:  The simulator generates very modest forces during use and mounting it across two or three joists or roof trusses has been found to be quite adequate. A mounting kit and a smooth wooden ceiling boss are included with each simulator where applicable.


Set-up:  The simulator is fully ready for plugging straight into a suitable PC or laptop running ABEL , BELTOWER or Virtual Belfry and comes complete with a strike-point sensor, 5 metres of cable, a 9-pin serial port connector and a serial/USB adaptor.


Ease of use:  Ringers of all skill levels find this equipment extremely easy to use.  The simulator can be hurried along to Minor or stroked along to Maximus with equal predictability and satisfaction.  A person who has never touched a bell rope before can often ring unaided in less than 5 minutes.


Safety:  The simulator is of robust construction and will not break under normal usage.  The novel stay/slider arrangement is both silent and virtually frictionless in operation, while making it impossible for the bell to "go over the top" and pull the tail end through the ceiling.  A spare dowel is supplied with each unit.


Cost:  The simulator supplied as shown is being offered for sale at the lowest practical price taking into account the ever-increasing cost of quality materials and the large number of hours of labour.   How to buy.

The size of the Saxilby Simulator has been optimised to allow proper, two-handed ringing with a proper, high quality bell rope, while maintaining an acceptable level of portability.  This realistic and robust construction makes it an ideal tool for introducing the concept of bellringing to a wider audience.  The modular design allows any number of units to be arranged together to form a pleasant, versatile, low cost ring.  A couple of short video clips of ringing on the simulators can be accessed here and from the Denmisch Ring page of this site.

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