Category Archives: Equipment

Handbell stuff for sale

Contact Nancy@handbells.com.  Include your name, shipping address, and phone number.  All prices exclude shipping costs from Seattle.

Books for sale – Price List

Solo handbell books – see price list
Handbell training books – see price list
Music theory books – see price list
Misc music books – see price list
Misc handbell books – see price list

Video recordings – including Christine Anderson, the Raleigh Ringers, and others.  As shown in photo.  Take all for $40.

Recordings – 3 VHS (top row) and 5 DVDs (lower) – sold as a package only

CDs – including Allegro Ringers, Bells of the Sound, Nancy Hascall, and Westminster Ringers.   As shown in photo.  Take all for $30.

CDs – sold as a package only

Performance table covers – Set of covers for two tables: a) 9 feet long by 30 inches wide, b) 3 feet long by 30 inches wide. Second cover can be used on a side table, or put next to the solo table for a total of 12 feet. Top is black pinwale corduroy; attached (sewn-on) full-length skirt is sapphire blue faux velvet. (Skirt wraps around 3 sides of each table.)  Because of the construction, this requires a 9 foot length of table.  $100 for the set.

Custom performance table covers

Microphone stand with adjustable tripod base, boom, and nylon carrying case – On-Stage stand model MS7701B EuroBoom. $20.  

Microphone stand with boom and nylon carry bag

Malmark case 3 for bells C4-D#4 (Schulmerich bells will also fit). Useful for transporting your largest solo bells to a concert (you can pad the inserts with cloth for smaller bells). In good condition – all hinges and latches work. $100

Malmark case for C4-D#4

Sold items
Sold – Peery bell tree stand. Includes locking wheels, 3 arms, custom heavy-duty carrying case, and bag with accessories (as shown). $275 First priority to someone who can pick up in Seattle.

Bell tree base in custom carrying case
Bell tree base showing wheels
Bell tree pole in custom cover
Bell tree arms and sleeve for transport
Accessories included with bell tree stand

Sold – Mallets – mallets I recommend for solo work, including bell trees. $80 for all. Includes one pair each of:
Mike Balter 25R
Schulmerich old style pink yarn (1 good pair, 1 fuzzy pair free)
Malmark MH40 gray rubber
Musser M25
Malletech NR29R
Includes Galaxy hanging mallet bag

Mallets with bag

Sold – Bell tree clips – 5 acrylic and 18 wire clips. $50 for all

Bell tree clips

Sold – Schulmerich adjustable height tables – rectangular 30 inches by 36 inches. 3 available in very good condition, at $100 each.  First priority to someone who can pick up in Seattle.

Schulmerich adjustable height tables

Sold – Solo table cover for practice – 9 feet long by 30 inches wide, plus about 5 inch drape. Has Velcro sewn along edge, but no skirt. (You could add one for performance.) Black heavy-duty pinwale corduroy. $20

Sold – Solo side table cover – 3 feet long by 30 inches wide. Skirt has about 2 foot drape on all sides. Top is black pinwale corduroy; attached (sewn-in) skirt is black crushed faux velvet. $10

Side table cover – bells not included!

Sold – Solo table foam with nylon carry bag – 9 feet long by 30 inch by 1 inch thick piece of foam, rolled into a custom carry bag. One inch thick foam is ideal for solo performances that exclude marting bass bells, and is much easier to transport than bell choir foam. $30

Carry bag for 1″ thick foam – 9 feet long by 30″ wide

Sold – Solo table foam – a thin piece of foam covers the whole table length over regular foam to bridge the crack and provide a softer surface for the bells to sink into, so they don’t roll. One piece 9 feet by 30 inch by 1/2 inch thick foam, plus side table piece 3 feet by 30 inches by 1/2 inch thick for $15 (total for 2 pieces). One piece of 9 feet by 30 inch by 1/4 inch thick foam for $10. Take all 3 pieces for $20.

Sold – Solo sheet music package – includes Songs for the Solo Ringer 1 and 2, Red River Music solo collection (Grazioso), favorites from Christine Anderson, Nancy Hascall, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, and a handful of solo instrument works easily adapted for solo ringing. Several titles include 2 legal copies, and all are either new or lightly marked in pencil. Includes 2 accompaniment CDs. Take all for $120.

Solo sheet music/CDs – sold as a package only

Sold – Quartet sheet music – 4 copies each of 5 titles (most rated Easy).  Marked in pencil.  Excellent for teaching a quartet workshop.  Take all for $10.

Quartet music – 4 copies each of 5 titles

Sold – Chime pads – one approximately 24 inches long and 2 approximately 12 inches long. Foam pads covered with black crushed faux velvet. $10 for all. Chimes not included (!)

Sold – Fabric bags for carrying random bells. Very handy! Made from sweatshirt-type fabric, with drawstrings and toggle locks. All 7 bags for $15.

Fabric bags for random bells

Sold – Foam pad – single 36″x30″x4″ rectangle.  Purchased new in 2009 from Gold Coast.  Gently used.  Includes purchased muslin cover.  $25

Sold – Coconut wood clave for singing bell, with fleece sleeve. 2 available – $3/each

Coconut wood claves with sleeves

Sold – Processional ribbons – pair of streamers, in Advent colors. Wide satin ribbon is reversible purple/black; narrow accent ribbons are royal blue. Sewn length is approximately 36 inches (i.e. ribbons of 72 inches were doubled over and stitched). Slip your finger through the sewn loop, pick up your bells, and away you go! $5/pair.

Ribbons in action

Processional ribbons

Manhasset floor music stand – model 48 (black).  In very good condition.  $20. First priority to someone who can pick up in Seattle.

Manhasset music stand

Contact Nancy@handbells.com.  Include your name, shipping address, and phone number.  All prices exclude shipping costs from Seattle.

Polishing supplies

At least once a year, polish the outer castings of your bells with polishing cream to remove spots and other marks left behind during routine wipedowns. To save time in preparing for this annual ritual, I store most of my polishing supplies together in plastic boxes. Some of the items, like a vacuum cleaner, are obviously used for other purposes during the rest of the year. If you’re preparing for your first polishing session, here’s what I suggest you gather.  Click here for this checklist as a downloadable PDF:  Polishing supplies checklist Continue reading Polishing supplies

Table covers – making your own – separate top/skirt

See the other articles in this series, especially Table covers – choices, which discusses the most common fabrics used. Also search online for articles and videos about working with your chosen fabric, as well as any sewing techniques you want to brush up on.

Separating your table covers into top and skirt portions facilitates handling and storing large covers, practicing on your performance table tops without the skirts, and laundering the top when needed (or even shaking away dust and lint). The classic attachment mechanism is Velcro. However, this isn’t required by law; you might try snap tape, for instance, or hooks and eyes, or even pins. Continue reading Table covers – making your own – separate top/skirt

Table covers – making your own – gathered skirts

See the other articles in this series, especially Table covers – choices, which discusses the most common fabrics used. Also search online for articles and videos about working with your chosen fabric, as well as any sewing techniques you want to brush up on.

Some background: My sewing machine is a Pfaff model 6122 with a walking foot (helpful, but not essential). I have many years of experience sewing, having made my own clothes in high school, plus a decade of making things for the boat, using heavy fabrics without patterns. I would say this project requires a medium-duty machine and sewing skills beyond basic, but much less than expert. A quilter used to dealing with large pieces of fabric would have no trouble. The exception would be working with real velvet (instead of a substitute like velour); I feel prior experience with that fabric is needed for such a large project. Continue reading Table covers – making your own – gathered skirts

Table covers – making your own – buying supplies

See the other articles in this series, especially Table covers – choices, which discusses the most common fabrics used. Also search online for articles and videos about working with your chosen fabric, as well as any sewing techniques you want to brush up on.

Making your own table covers isn’t as difficult as making a wedding dress or a tailored suit. However, you must feel confident making things without patterns. If you hesitate to improvise, mock up the covers in muslin first. Test your ideas and make all your mistakes on muslin, which is cheap. Then buy the expensive fabric and use the muslin version as a model. If you baste the Velcro in place with large stitches, you can remove it to use on the real covers. Continue reading Table covers – making your own – buying supplies

Table covers – choices

Almost the first thing the audience sees at your concert is your table dressing. Make it convey the image you want to project. As a beginning soloist, you’ll probably use table covers provided by whatever organization lends you bells. If not, you can buy a length of heavy black cotton corduroy, cut to the length of your table plus 1 yard. Hem the cut ends, and lay it over the foam. Once you’ve settled on your table configuration (including height), it’s time to start thinking about performance table covers. If you decide to make your own covers, you can incorporate your piece of black corduroy as the table top, or continue to use it as a practice cover. Continue reading Table covers – choices

Foam pads

Foam pads on handbell tables keep bells from rolling and protect them during techniques like martellato, where the bell is “hammered” on the table. As with tables, choices you make about foam can affect the fit of your table covers, so it’s best to pin down the details before having covers made. Handbell choirs usually use foam sized to fit the table width, then cut into manageable lengths. A typical foam pad is 3’ or 4’ long by 30” wide. Preferred thickness is usually 3 or 4 inches. Most soloists use the same thickness, both because they often use equipment belonging to their church bell choirs, and because, without adjustable tables, they need foam to raise the ringing height. Continue reading Foam pads