Being the least complex of bell instruments, the sound of a single bell easily deliver messages to a community. The most prevalent use of a single bell is to call congregations to worship, toll for funerals, sound the Angelus and strike the time of day.
For more than a thousand years, bells have been rung to mark the hour of the day. It is thought that this custom started in the monasteries of Europe where tower bells were rung to summon the monks to prayer. The single bell was heard every three hours throughout the day and night, not only in the abbey but also in the town. We know this ringing as The Angelus. Today, the tradition may include the ringing of each hour of the day. The hour strike may be preceded by a clock chime such as the Westminster Chime melody (.wav, 408k).
The call to worship bell rings out into the community to announce the presence of the church and remind those nearby to come to the service. The origin of the call to worship or "church bell" probably predates even the time of the Catholic Church. Before the era of "tuned bells" all sorts of variations in shapes and sounds of different metals were used to announce, warn, beckon and call together people. That tradition remains today in almost all facets of religious and community life. The bell may be rung as part or prior to the worship service.
The size of the bell determines the pitch or tone. The larger the bell the richer the tonal quality. A typical bell would weigh approximately 1,400 pounds and have the pitch of G below middle C on the piano keyboard. Large swinging bells might be an octave lower and weigh in excess of 5 tons while the smallest swinging bell would be an octave higher weighing as little as 250 pounds.
The single bell is...
The bell is normally installed within a bell tower or steeple and may be operated by a rope or electronically using clock controlled electric ringing equipment.
- Cast in Bronze - Lasts Forever
- Perfectly Tuned - Rich tonal quality, bell additions easily made
- Simply installed - Mounts in bell cote or frame for old or new structures
- Swinging or Stationary Operation - Type of mounting depends on use and structure
- Easy Operation - Rope, Electric or Fully Automatic using Micro-Processor clock system.
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