Steel bells

Bells are normally cast in an alloy of copper and tin. In the second half of the 19th century, almost 1,000 cast steel bells were produced by Naylor Vickers in Sheffield. These bells have a reputation for poor sound. But in Germany, Bochumer Verein cast huge quantities of steel bells, and from the 1940s onwards, produced fine-sounding true-harmonic bells.

The history and sound of English and German steel bells

The effect of rust on steel bells

The tuning of a peal of steel bells for Hale, Merseyside

The Hale bells after tuning

The UK’s biggest steel bell

A Bochumer Verein steel bell in the UK