Plain Bob

The trouble with Plain Hunt is that it comes back to rounds so quickly. When the bells have rung once in each position on the way out and on the way back, they return to rounds. This means that you only get 10 changes on five bells, 12 changes on six bells, and so on. This is rather a limitation, since there are 5×4×3×2×1=120 possible changes on five bells.

There are many ways of extending the number of changes before you get back to rounds. One of the simplest is for the bells to plain hunt until they are just about to come in to rounds. Then, when the treble is leading at backstroke (the lead end), the other bells make a change to their work, instead of plain hunting. In Plain Bob, the bell which is in second’s place at handstroke stays there at backstroke. This forces the other bells to vary their work also. The bells in thirds and fourths have to dodge back to their previous positions, whilst the bell in fifths place has to stay there.

At the next change—which is at handstroke all the bells now resume their plain hunting paths, until the treble returns to lead again. The bells now do the special variation again, only this time they are in different places, so they each do a different part of the special variation. After four leads, they are once more back in rounds. Thus completing a plain course.

For more information, please read the rest of the article: Introducing Plain Bob Doubles.

If you would like more help then the following articles are also useful:

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Plain Bob Minimus
Plain Bob Doubles
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