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.

Composing for handbells by David York

Bells of the Cascades, an auditioned ensemble in Portland, OR, recently hosted a composition contest. Their director, David York, prepared an excellent summary for composers, and he kindly granted permission for me to share this document with you.

These guidelines have been prepared to assist composers who might be unfamiliar with handbells. Get a copy of “Handbell Notation, Difficulty Level System, Solo and Ensemble Notation” published by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers  and follow its guidelines on notation standards and techniques. Continue reading Composing for handbells by David York

Rehearsal “best practices”

Note: The term “best practices” means a methodology that consistently produces superior results.

Preparation – director: Do score study, breaking down each piece to determine how you’re going to approach teaching all the elements, such as rhythm, techniques, musical expression, etc. In the 1990s (and perhaps other years), Overtones ran an excellent series called Conductor’s Roundtable, where accomplished conductors explained how they would analyze and teach a piece. If you’re a member of the U.S. handbell guild, you may find some of the articles online, or you could order back copies. Always go into rehearsals with a plan for what you want to accomplish, and consider how that fits into the bigger picture of preparing to ring in church or present a concert. Continue reading Rehearsal “best practices”

No ringer left behind – Music reading challenges

There are many resources for learning music notation, both in print and online. This article won’t attempt to duplicate those, but instead focus on challenges and confusion handbell musicians may experience. Ringers with little or no prior music reading background may want to work through a workbook. I especially like Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory – Complete. Note the catalog number (16486 – book with 2 listening CDs), as Alfred has several similar products. It’s an inexpensive resource. Though the book is available without CDs, ear training will help ringers improve. Ringers can start wherever the book presents new information, on page 1 for some, perhaps a few chapters into the book for others, and work through the book as far as the director suggests. Continue reading No ringer left behind – Music reading challenges

No ringer left behind – Communication

Often ringers struggle to keep up with others in a bell choir. Joining an established handbell group is like jumping onto a moving train. Integrating new ringers, especially if they don’t read music yet, can take time but yield big dividends. Or maybe they aren’t new, but they struggle because they didn’t get a good orientation to ringing. As the director or fellow ringer, you may struggle yourself to help them, because you just don’t understand what causes their mistakes. Many struggling ringers are adult beginners, and they haven’t learned the language of music. If you learned music yourself as a child, it’s second nature, and you may not know how to teach basic music principles, or remember how you learned them. It would be like a native speaker teaching the language to an immigrant. Continue reading No ringer left behind – Communication