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bel

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    1. 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 struck on the rim. Cowbells are quadralateral bells that are similarly set in vibration by a clapper inside or a hammer (or stick) outside struck 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. 


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