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Musical instruments

A bell is a directly struck idiophone percussion instrument. Most bells have the shape of a hollow cup that when struck vibrates in a single strong strike tone, with its sides forming an efficient resonator. The strike may be made by an internal "clapper" or "uvula", an external hammer, or—in small bells—by a small loose sphere enclosed within the body of the bell.


  • History 

  • Styles of ringing 

  • Church and temple bells 

  • Bellfounding 

  • Use in clock chimes 

  • Notable bells 

  • Usage as musical instruments 

  • Farm bells 

  • Bell study and ringing organisations 

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