Abstract Experimental results are reported for a wind tunnel study of cross-flow induced vibrations in a tube bank. The rotated triangular array had a pitch ratio of 1·375 and consisted of 19 flexibly mounted tubes surrounded by 116 rigid, removable tubes. The natural frequency and damping of the flexibly mounted tubes could be carefully controlled. Details of the experimental facility and the vortex shedding behaviour of the tube bank were reported in the first of these two companion papers. The turbulent buffeting and fluid elastic response are treated in this second paper. The effects on the fluid elastic threshold of the motion of surrounding tubes, damping and number of upstream rows of tubes are discussed.