[Bell Historians] Re: Aluminium Bells

David Bryant djb122 at y...
Sun Feb 17 12:02:02 GMT 2002

I'd be interested to see the photo - why not put it on the photos
section of the Yahoo page for the list?


Ben Willetts wrote:
> David wrote:
> > Forgot to say in my last email on the subject, but Malmark provide the
> > option of aluminium handbells around the larger end of bigger sets.
> > presumably the reason is that they are lighter - I've not heard one so I
> > don't know whether they sound any different. So far as I'm aware,
> > neither of the English foundries casts aluminioum handbells.
> Yes, as far as I know, it's only Malmark that casts aluminium handbells. I
> have rung them several times. They are larger than bellmetal bells for the
> same note (for the same reason that steel bells are larger) but are lighter,
> so they are useful for the bass octave (36C to 30B - not sure if you can get
> them above this octave or not).
> The tone is good. It is a little "gruff" and growls a bit when rung loudly,
> but this is not necessarily a bad thing with very bass bells! However, the
> enormous amount of table space needed makes them little more than a
> gimmick - mind you, handbells that size are little more than a gimmick
> anyway.
> I have a photo somewhere of me (several years ago) holding two of the
> aluminium bass bells, if anyone is interested to see their size. Email me
> if so.
> Ben
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