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Definition and background:

A variety of percussion instruments that emit a ringing sound when struck. A. Cup-shaped bells A hollow, cup-shaped (typically metal) object, set in vibration by a clapper inside or a hammer outside sruck on the rim. Cowbells are quadralateral bells that are similarly set in vibration by a clapper inside or a hammer outside sruck on the rim. B. Metal Bars The orchestra bells is set of small metal bars of different lengths arranged in two rows similar to a keyboard without resonators. It is used in the orchestra or band, and set into vibration with small, hard mallets. The marching version is held upright and supported by a strap around the performer's waist and is called a glockenspiel or bell lyre. C. Tubular Bells The chimes or tubular bells are a set of tuned tubes of different lengths set into vibration with hard mallets or hammers. They are very resonant and typically have a mechanical dampers. D. Pellet bells Small spherical bells with slits that surround a loose pebble or bit of metal that rattles when the bell is shaken. Sleigh bells are a row or rows of pellet bells mounted on a piece of wood or on a harness. The flaring end of many instruments such as the clarinet or the French horn is also called a bell. shaped opening of wind instrument. percussion instrument sounded by moving a clapper inside or by being struck on the outside

The end of the air-column furthest from the mouthpiece

For more information on the music term "Bell" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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