I had an old car and had a Bermuda Bell on the Floorboard. Where would I find one? Are there different sounds?
eBay. The sounds are about the same. The later ones are aluminum and the earlier are nickel plate over steel. Either way they sound about the same.
They do appear at eBay - not cheap though..
I sold my 36 Plymouth with the Bermuda bell complete with a "wrecking yard fresh" rear axle assembly to be installed, all for $30. I did not realize the return I could of had on my $7 investment if I had just removed the bell and kept it on a shelf.
I have a Bermuda bell in my '22 Coupe and the children love it. When I let them sit in the Coupe and they ring it once and smile, then they keep ringing it until their parents yank them out of the car. Adults like it too but some don't want to admit it.
That would be a good item to reproduce. I have a couple of them but with the prices they are bringing on T-bay someone could make some money with a quality reproduction.
They definitely sound different depending on make and style. I have a newer aluminum one, and a very early nickel plated brass one. The early brass one is very loud crisp sound and holds its tone for a very long time compared to the newer aluminum one.
Dan, I know someone posted about building one, maybe with an old brake drum and a striker. May have been on a different forum a few years back...I have thought about making something for the hack/huckster I am working on...JD
Somewhere I have a Sparton Bermuda bell I inherited from my dad. It's electric with a nickeld "bell." Just goes "ding-ding-ding-. . ."
If I knew where i put it, I'd post a photo.
I had one on my 52 Ford Vicky. Last I heard it was when it came apart going down the Jersey Turnpike about 1958.
This post seems to be a bunch of old men that are discussing a dingy thing.
Or old men having fond memories of past times.....
Then too, they are illegal in most states.
Jim -- I think that when they're on an antique car, they're "grandfathered in."
The old men or the bells?
Where do you mount the Bermuda Bell? It seems too pretty to bury under the floor boards, but too hard to operate with your hand.
For those that are curious to the sound...
They may be illegal in many States but so are blue dots, exhaust cutouts, or exhaust whistles. I would bet that 99.9% of the officers on the street now have no idea what any of these are, or that they are illegal. On top of that those that do know what they are don't care about them on an antique car.
I put an ad on the other website for a new old stock Cooper exhaust cutout and noted that it was illegal in most states.
The ad was removed the same day.
You might do better with the Bermuda bell.