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Sad to hear Big Ben's bell end? Martin Audio may have a solution

Laura  Barnes
Sad to hear Big Ben's bell end? Martin Audio may have a solution

Martin Audio has offered a solution for those sad to hear Big Ben’s bell end on August 21st.

On Monday, the mighty bell will stop ringing for the first time in 157 years. And there will be no bongs for almost four years.

It will be carnage. Londoners won’t know what time it is anymore, tourists will have eerily silent holiday videos, even the Prime Minister Theresa May has said four years without a single bong “can’t be right” (see the video below).

“But why is this happening?!” I hear you cry. Well, with a number of workers set to do some much-need repair on the landmark, it turns out Big Ben’s bell is pretty damn loud when you’re in the tower, meaning the bell needs to be turned off to save their hearing.
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But fear not, UK loudspeaker manufacturer Martin Audio has come up with a genius idea.

MI Pro sister publication PSNEurope has posted a letter from Martin Audio’s MD, Dom Harter, addressed to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, with a cracking solution.

Check out the letter in full below:

Dear Mr Speaker,

My name is Dominic Harter and I am the Managing Director of a UK loudspeaker manufacturer and international exporter – Martin Audio.

We have been listening to the ongoing debate around the silencing of Big Ben with some interest, and believe we have an innovative solution that can enable the bell sounds to emanate external to Big Ben while at the same time offering “rear rejection” so as to provide protection for the workers during refurbishments.
Martin Audio manufactures professional loudspeakers for the entertainment industry. This includes our premium large format MLA system which our customers and partners use to provide the sound for large format concerts and festivals around the world.

One of the features of MLA is that we are able to steer sound accurately; in addition to this we are able to generate very high sound pressure levels in front of the loudspeakers whilst maintaining a dramatic reduction in sound behind them. This is unique to Martin Audio.

Therefore, theoretically, we could replace the bell over the 4-year period with four hangs / stacks of our MLA units and generate the same kind of level and output as Big Ben by playing a recording which could be fired off on the hour by a computer all this whilst maintaining safe working levels around the clock tower.
I look forward to your reply.

Many thanks

Dominic Harter


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