The Handbell Wars

So I’ve alluded to the fierce competition between the two Meneely bell foundries located across from each other on the Hudson River in New York State (both foundries have gone out of business). There is another intense competition in the handbell world between Schulmerich and Malmark that has only very recently eased up on their …

Jacob Van Eyck

Today’s account comes courtesy to us from Luc Rombot’s masterful Singing Bronze: A History of Carillon Music.* I highly recommend his book for any reader interested in the history of bells. It’s a recent publication, so you can still easily purchase it online! We’ve seen the five lowest overtones in a bell that are tuned …

Inscriptions

Inscriptions on bells can be a real hoot. Some depart from the standard message to praise and thank God. John Potter Briscoe in Curiosities of the Belfry (1888) provides some good fodder. Some are downright morbid. Prepare to die. Remember death. Some confidently state their abilities. All tho my voice be shrill & small, I …