Listen: Schumer Rick, Mark Bell, Mr No Tang discussed on Planet Money
"Some experts say they can tell the difference though they're divided over which one sounds better. The bell wars arguably began in nineteen. Seventy six here is one of the first shots fired in the war. It's it's an ad by Schumer Rick. Trying to make the case that their original bells with the Tang were better here. I'll read all Schumer Bells. Have Tang this is the raised crown. At the top. Of the bill that gives the tonal brilliance the Mall Mark Bell Hereafter referred to as brand. 'EM Tout's Tang list bill saying it is a new concept in handbill all design tuning and performance in reality they are weakening the tonal quality and doing even more when drilling a hole for the handle placement. This ad infuriated gated. Mr No Tang is better. Jake Malta at Mall Mark. In fact the reason the text of this adds still exists is because it was recorded in legal documents Jake sued his former employer employer over it now. Court cases are a chance for both sides to have their say and to have someone impartial. Way The evidence so you can just move on. And in this case the to Bel- makers did settle title and they came up with a solution that seems like it would put all this behind them. Both sides agreed not to compare their bills to the others bells. which seems like a fine idea unless of course you are in the sales department? It's your job after all to go out and talk your Bell Kermit. Junker wasn't chilmark sales department. He says these were kind of terrifying sighing times. Because remember neither side was supposed to compare its bell to the others which means he couldn't say for instance are handle is solid. There's his hollow so the lawyers came up with a workaround special kind of awkward phrases. The salespeople were cleared to use for example. Our handle is not hollow. Well Oh by saying it's not something you would refer or infor that someone else handle this hollow indirectly trashed indirectly. Of course I mean literally. There were legal teams. That would right. Here's what you can say. Here's what you can't say. And that was that would come about from the whoever for one the latest lawsuit. How long did that go on Forever they were even apparently spies kermit. It says sales people would be giving their pitch and they'd see someone in the audience watching them like a hawk scribbling notes about what they said and then a letter would come from the other side's lawyers ears here. We actually have one. This is from all mark the new bell maker Complaining About Schumer Excels pitch quote. It has been brought to our attention that you have been making false in. Disparaging statements about Moammar handbells. Letter goes on to list. Those disparaging statements apparently made by the shimmer salesperson quote their handles break frequently. Lately you must jump up and down on ours to break them. Here's another one. There is a problem with Polishing Walmart Bells. US only Polish up and down ours can be polished in any direction. I asked Joanne Malta. About this did they really of spies in the audience taking notes. I had no idea Certainly you know at the different conventions and all I would imagine that all our reps attending if they heard it's something that was a negative about mall mark that it would come back. I'm sure that happened in reverse to it's funny to think about all this fighting fighting happening in front of the customers who of course were musicians and church choir directors in middle school teachers. That's the customers were and the sales people weren't trying to just sell single bells. They're trying to convince an entire choir to exclusively ring their bells. Only go all Tang no go no tank and when Mall Markers Schumer exceeded and selling a whole set to a big name Bell Choir. They Brag about it the music. You're hearing right now. This is the Arses handbill ensemble. All Mark Bells Single Schumer.."