Major (English) Hand Bell Manufacturers (1)


Logo for Malmark Handbells  Logo for Schulmerich Handbells  Logo for Whitechapel Handbells 

Notes:

Diameters and Weights by Bell Pitch
  Malmark  Schulmerich7 Whitechapel 9
  Aluminum Bronze6        
  Diameter4 Weight5 Diameter Weight Diameter Weight8 Diameter Weight
Octave 9
C9 - - 1.19" 4 oz - - - -
Octave 8
B8   - - 1.25" 4 oz - - - -
A#8 - - 1.44" 5.6 oz - - - -
A8    - - 1.44" 5.6 oz - - - -
G#8 - - 1.88" 8.8 oz - - - -
G8   - - 1.88" 8.8 oz nf nf - -
F#8 - - 1.88" 8.8 oz nf nf - -
F8   - - 1.88" 8.8 oz nf nf - -
E8   - - 1.94" 8.8 oz nf nf - -
D#8 - - 1.94" 8 oz nf nf - -
C#8 - - 2" 7.2 oz nf nf - -
C8   - - 2.06" 7.2 oz 2" 8 oz 2 7 oz
Octave 7
B7   - - 2.06 " 7.2 oz 2" 8 oz 2 1/16" 7 oz
A#7 - - 2.12" 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
A7   - - 2.12" 7.2 oz 2" 8 oz 2 1/8" 7 oz
G#7 - - 2.25" 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
G7   - - 2.25" 7.2 oz 2 3/16" 8 oz 2 1/4" 7 oz
F#7 - - 2.31" 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
F7   - - 2.31" 7.2 oz 2 3/16" nf 2 1/4" 7.5 oz
E7   - - 2.38" 7.2 oz 2 3/16" 8oz 2 5/16" 7.5 oz
D#7 - - 2.50" 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
D7   - - 2.44" 7.2 oz 2 3/16 8 oz 2 3/8" 7.5 oz
C#7 - - 2.62" 8.8 oz nf nf nf nf
C7   - - 2.50" 8 oz 2 1/2" 8 oz 2 7/16" 7.5 oz
Octave 6
B6   - - 2.62" 7.2 oz 2 1/2" 8 oz 2 5/8" 8 oz
A#6 - - 2.62" 8 oz nf nf nf nf
A6   - - 2.75" 8 oz 2 3/8" 8 oz 2 11/16" 9 oz
G#6 - - 2.94" 8 oz nf nf nf nf
G6   - - 2.8750" 8 oz 2 3/4" 8 oz 2 13/16" 9 oz
F#6 - - 3" 9.6 oz nf nf nf nf
F6   - - 3" 8.8 oz 2 7/8" 8 oz 3" 10 oz
E6   - - 3.1875" 10.4 3 1/8" 11 oz 3 1/16" 10 oz
D#6 - - 3.25" 11.2 oz nf nf nf nf
D6   - - 3.25" 11.2 oz 3 3/8" 11 oz 3 1/4" 11 oz
C#6 - - 3.375" 12 oz nf nf nf nf
C6   - - 3.4375" 12 oz 3 3/8" 11 oz 3 3/8" 12 oz
Octave 5
B5   - - 3.50" 12.8 oz 3 3/8" 14 oz 3 7/16" 13 oz
A#5 - - 3.62" 12.8 oz nf nf nf nf
A5   - - 3.62" 12.8 oz 3 3/4" 14 oz 3 3/4" 14 oz
G#5 - - 3.94" 15.2 oz nf nf nf nf
G5   - - 3.94" 14.4 oz 3 3/16" 14 3 15/16" 1 lb 1 oz
F#5 - - 4.06" 1 lb 0.8 oz nf nf nf nf
F5   - - 4.12" 1 lb 1.6 oz 3 7/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 1/16" 1 lb 2 oz
E5   - - 4.12" 1 lb 4 1/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 3 oz
D#5 - - 4.38" 1 lb 3.2 oz nf nf nf nf
D5   - - 4.38" 1 lb 3.2 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 6 oz
C#5 - - 4.62" 1 lb 5.6 oz nf nf nf nf
Handbell Middle C
C5   - - 4.50" 1 lb 4 oz 4 5/8" 1 lb 8 oz 4 1/2" 1 lb 7 oz
Octave 4
B4   - - 4.8750" 1 lb 7.2 oz 4 7/8" 1 lb 8 oz 4 13/16" 1 lb 9 oz
A#4 - - 5.1250" 1 lb 12.8 oz nf nf nf nf
A4   - - 5.0625" 1 lb 10.4 oz 5 1/8" 2 lb 5 3/8" 1 lb 15 oz
G#4 - - 5.5625" 2 lbs nf nf nf nf
G4   - - 5.5625" 1 lb 14.4 oz 5 5/8" 2 lb 5 11/16" 2 lb 2 oz
F#4 - - 5.75" 2 lb nf nf nf nf
F4   - - 5.75" 1 lb 15.2 oz 6" 2 lbs 5 oz 5 7/8" 2 lb 5 oz
E4   - - 6.25" 2 lbs 6.4 oz 6 1/4" 2 lbs 8 oz 6 7/16" 2 lb 12 oz
D#4 - - 6.50" 2 lb 11.2 oz nf nf nf nf
D4   - - 6.50" 2 lb 8.8 oz 6 1/2" 2 lb 11 oz 6 9/16" 3 lb 1 oz
C#4 - - 6.88" 2 lb 12 oz nf nf nf nf
Piano Middle C
C4   - - 6.88" 2 lb 9.6 oz 6 3/4" 2 lb 14 oz 6 3/4" 3 lb 2 oz
Octave 3
B3   - - 7.25" 3 lb 7 1/8" 3 lb 2 oz 7 1/8" 3 lb 10 oz
A#3 - - 7.25" 3 lb 4.8 oz nf nf nf nf
A3   - - 7.50" 3 lb 4.8 oz 7 1/2" 3 lb 8 oz 7 3/4" 4 lb 2 oz
G#3 - - 8.25" 4 lbs 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
G3   - - 8.25" 4 lb 4 oz 7 3/4" 3 lb 13 oz 8 3/16" 4 lb 10 oz
Highest Pitch Aluminum Production Bass Bell
F#3 12 1/4" 5 lb 2 oz 9" 6 lb 2.4 oz nf nf nf nf
F3   12 1/2" 4 lb 7 oz 9" 5 lb 14.4 oz 8 7/8" 5 lb 9" 5 lb 14 oz
E3   13" 5 lb 2 oz 9.5" 6 lb 4.8 oz 9 3/8" 5 lb 14 oz 9 15/16" 7 lb 10 oz
D#3 13" 4 lb 3 oz 10.12" 7 lb 4.8 oz nf nf nf nf
D3   13" 4 lb 2 oz 10.12" 7 lb 4.8 oz 9 7/8" 6 lb 2 oz 10 9/16" 9 lb 6 oz
C#3 14 1/4" 5 lb 6 oz 10.88" 8 lb 12 oz nf nf nf nf
C3   14 1/4" 5 lb 2 oz 11" 8 lb 4 oz 10 1/4" 7 lb 2 oz 11 3/8" 11 lb 1 oz
Octave 2
B2   14 1/8" 5 lb 6 oz 11" 8 lb nf 9 lb 5 oz 11 3/4" 13 lb 4 oz
A#2 15 1/8" 6 lb 13 oz 12.12" 11 lb 14.4 oz nf nf nf nf
A2   15 1/8" 6 lb 11 oz 13" 14 lb 11" 8 lb 3 oz 12 3/4" 15 lb 10 oz
G#2 16 1/4" 7 lb 5 oz 14" 17 lb 7.2 oz nf nf nf nf
G2   16 1/4" 7 lb 14" 15 lb 6.4 oz nf 9 lb 6 oz 13 13/16" 18 lb 15 oz
F#2 18 3/8" 10 lb 15 oz 14" 15 lb 10.4 oz - - - -
F2   18 3/8" 10 lb 7 oz 14.18" 14 lb 4.8 oz - - - -
E2   18 3/8" 9 lb 14 oz 14.12" 14 lb 1.6 oz - - - -
D#2 18 3/8" 9 lb 4 oz 14.12" 13 lb 5.6 oz - - - -
D2   18 3/8" 8 lb 15 oz 14.25" 11 lb 6.4 oz - - - -
C#2 18 1/4" 8 lb 7 oz 14.25" 11 lb 1.6 oz - - - -
Lowest Pitch Production Bronze Bell
C2   18 3/4" 9 lb 9 oz 15.12" 14 lbs 4 oz - - - -
Octave 1
B1   18 3/4" nf - - - - - -
A#1 18 3/4" nf - - - - - -
A1   18 3/4" nf - - - - - -
G#1 18 3/4" nf - - - - - -
G1   18 3/4" nf - - - - - -

 

Hand Chimes

In the U.S., both Malmark and Schulmerich also make handchimes. Whitechapel does not make handchimes. In Japan, Suzuki Musical Instruments makes Hand Chimes.

Logo for Suzuki
Logo for Suzuki

 


Footnotes

(1) Note. There are (and were) other handbell manufacturers, including:

(2) Whitechapel Bell Foundry,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitechapel_Bell_Foundry

Gareth Harris, "Bell foundry that cast Big Ben can be turned into boutique hotel, UK government says," The Art Newspaper, May 14, 2021 https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/05/14/bell-foundry-that-cast-big-ben-can-be-turned-into-boutique-hotel-uk-government-says


(3) Save The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, http://www.savethewhitechapelbellfoundry.com/

(4) Malmark, Aluminum Handbell with Case https://www.malmark.com/product/aluminum-handbell-with-case/

(5) Malmark does not include the weight of their aluminum handbells on their website.

(6) Source: Malmark product pages for bronze bells

(7) Schulmerich does not publish specifications for their handbells on their website. Thus, the information about their bells came from Major American Handbells: Sizes and Weights for Diatonic Pitches

(8) Rounded to nearest ounce

(9) Whitechapel only publishes the bell specifications for their non- sharp (#) bells at Specifications for Whitechapel Handbells. Presumably, the specifications for bells flanking the missing data for sharp pitches are going to approximate the specifications for the sharp pitch bells inbetween. [http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/hbsize.htm]

-  This bell pitch is not made by this manufacturer, as of when this table was put together. (May 2020)

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