Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bronze or bell metal

Most of my bells are made of bronze or bell metal. This is an alloy of copper and tin. I asked John Taylor Bell Foundry to define the distinction between bronze and bell metal. This was the reply:

Hi Peter

Bell metal is just one of many variants of bronze, we only call it that because we use it!
Handbells have less tin-20% or so and small carillon bells have more, up to 25%.

Hope this helps.

Andrew Higson

So there you have it!

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