Bell plate

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Bell plate
Bell Plates (from LA Percussion Rentals).jpg
Percussion instrument
Classification idiophone
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 111.22
(Percussion plaques)
Playing range
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A bell plate is a percussion instrument consisting of a flat and fairly thick sheet of metal, producing a sound similar to a bell.

Bell plates come in many shapes and are made from many different metals. Some are used as unpitched percussion, and others tuned for use as pitched percussion

Most bell plates are suspended by cords passed through two holes in the plate. An exception is the Burma Bell, a distinctively shaped bell plate that is often mounted using a single hole, allowing it to spin when struck producing doppler effects.

Use in the orchestra[edit]

Bell plates can be used (substitute for bells) on Mahler Symphonies 7, 8, and 9, and in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.[citation needed]

In popular music[edit]

A bell plate can be heard in the song "16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six" by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits.



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