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    Here I go again, talking about something I've seen in a Midsomer Murder...

    In an episode (can't remember the title) where Ben Jones and Barnaby go to Wales, they go to an old house that has a clock face on the front door and some metal strips sticking down, that were from the inside of the clock, I guess. Anyway, to "ring the doorbell" they just pulled the metal strips out and let them thwack back against the door, making cool chime-y (for lack of a better description) sounds. I want to make one for our front door...I have an old clock face but...where to get the metal strips? What exactly are they?? Were they the part that was wound around in the clock, and they straightened them out? Or did they buy the metal strips somewhere, not wound, and stuck them on the back of the clock face? As I recall, they were diff lengths on the door...around 24 inches long at the most?

    I am also thinking that MAYBE I have seen these metal strips used in some old movie, as inside door chimes... maybe? Or I've been dreaming...

    Sooooo, does anyone know what the metal strips are, exactly, and can they be bought NOT as part of a clock?

    THANKS!
    Last edited by removed10; 10-06-2011, 08:59 PM.

  • #2
    Was it like this Susan ?
    http://doorchimesuk.co.uk/catalog/im...ixel_trans.gif


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    • #3
      Hi there Pepsi Honey!

      I couldn't get that url to work, but I went to their main page and looked around their site and didn't see what I am talking about - but could've just missed it. So I googled clock springs - if I could just find that metal tape/strips, that they are wound out of, that would be perf...I think. That's what it looked like the guy had on his door. But I culd be totally wrong...fooled by the clock face.

      Hmmm, maybe I need to google metal tape...but would probably only come up with that thin stuff with adhesive on the back...

      Thanks for looking, though!

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      • #4
        I think I know what you mean, you are right they are probably old clock springs. You could probably buy an old clock on ebay to make one.
        I don't think I've seen that episode of midsomer and I've seen most of them was it on recently?
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        • #5
          It was called Death and Dust. I rented it through Netflix, rather than watch it on tv.

          But do you think I could straighten out the coiled metal strips enough? Or would they have a tendency to curl up a little. Hmmm...

          Okay, so y'all are now watching the new Barnaby - Neil...is it Gudgeon?? Anyway, how is he doing? How is it without Tom??

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cosmic grammie View Post
            It was called Death and Dust. I rented it through Netflix, rather than watch it on tv.

            But do you think I could straighten out the coiled metal strips enough? Or would they have a tendency to curl up a little. Hmmm...

            Okay, so y'all are now watching the new Barnaby - Neil...is it Gudgeon?? Anyway, how is he doing? How is it without Tom??
            I can't help with the materials for the clock Susan, but a quick Google has found a Midsomer fan site and there is a forum so you might be able to find out on there.

            Mod edit - hehe technically we are not allowed to mention other forums, so I reckon that includes a Midsomer forum...but I am so happy to have the url, thanks! =)

            I must say I didn't remember that episode until you came up with the title and I Googled - I think I've only seen it twice, but it was originally broadcast in 2007.

            It's a personal opinion and I've only seen a couple of episodes with John Barnaby so far. They are most definitely Midsomer Murders - the style of the programmes give that away - but they are different. I don't mind watching them, but think I'll need to see some more episodes and some repeats to get totally comfortable with them. I think the John Barnaby character is still finding his feet and I'm sure will develop as time goes on.

            Linda
            Last edited by removed10; 11-06-2011, 02:43 PM.

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            • #7
              I'm glad to hear your opinion! I have a feeling I'm going to have trouble accepting him for a while, when I finally see some of the new episodes, though I do like the guy - liked his character in the Mrs. Bradley series.

              Thanks for the link - going there now!

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