Welcome to the world of tower bells - large bells
of the size and kind that are usually hung in towers,
often in combinations that form various kinds of musical instruments.
Almost always made of cast bronze,
weighing from several pounds to several tons,
they produce the original "heavy metal music,"
with a wordless voice that resonates in the heart of mankind.
History of Church Bells, Fire Bells, School Bells,
Dinner Bells and Their Foundries
by Neil Goeppinger
Click here for everything you need to know about this marvelous new book.
Some subjects appear in both sections, though not with the same treatments - conventional (cup-shaped) bells, tubular bells, hemispherical bells, bellfounders and bell making, and weights of bells.
What's missing is the most important aspect of bells - their sound. We don't have any audio or video clips; you can find those on YouTube and elsewhere. (But we would welcome your suggestions for links to good videos anywhere.)
This page was created 2012/03/31 and last revised on 2016/11/01
(aside from the Website revision date given above).
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