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What Do We Need as a New Choir
Every choir is unique; the answer depends a great deal on the number of ringers, their ages and your budget.  We examine all of this information with you to help make the best decisions for your choir.  Budgets should be designed to include not just the instruments, but all the equipment, supplies and music you need to enjoy them.  A typical list of accessories might include:

For Handbells:
  • Polishing cloths - one for each ringer.
  • Polish - to keep your bells original luster.
  • Gloves - a pair per person. We have a variety of styles and sizes, in both black and white.
  • Music stands or notebooks - to hold the music; one for every one or two ringers.
  • Tables - we recommend a 29" or 30" height, with the total length determined by the number of ringers (allow 20" to 24" per ringer).  We can recommend tables for specific needs you may have.
  • Foam pads - we recommend 4" thickness, with length determined by the tables you select.
  • Music - allocate $100 to $200.
Be sure to ask our customer service staff about our Handbell Music Package.
  For Handchimes:
  • Gloves - needed only for appearance.
  • Music stands or notebooks - to hold the music; one for every one or two ringers.
  • Tables - we recommend a 29" or 30" height, with the total length determined by the number of ringers (allow 20" to 24" per ringer).  We can recommend tables for specific needs you may have.
  • Foam pads - we recommend 2" thickness, with length determined by the tables you select.
  • Music - allocate $100 to $200.
Be sure to ask our customer support staff about our Chime Music package.

You may also consider a number of optional items, including music risers, table covers, lights, mallets, etc.  All of these items can be found in Vibrations, so gather your list of questions and dial 1-800-JHS-BELL or email support@jhsbell.com.  We're here to assist you!

Handbell Starter Kits

Handbell Starter Kit

Everything you need to get your choir up and ringing!  We understand that there are many details involved in setting up a handbell choir.  With this in mind, we have created our handbell Starter Kits.  Designed to help you with all those little details that make starting a choir challenging, these kits contain almost everything you need--from foam to polish to music and instruction--to start ringing the right way!


Each Starter Kit Includes:

  • Foam: The most important part of your table setup, foam helps protect your handbells from damage done by hitting the table top.  4" foam is included, as it offers the best protection when performing table techniques.
  • Gloves: Our UltimaGloves feature reinforced areas at the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, as well as a comfortable elastic wrist band with Velcro fastener.  Choose from black or white with plastic dots or without.  Sizes range from x-small to x-large.
  • Notebook Music Stands: Our Notebook Stands not only hold your music, they also fold back to form a handy stand!  Choose from 1" or 1.5" rings, in either standard (holds 8.5"x11" music) or oversize (holds music up to 9"x12").
  • Mallets: Constructed from top quality materials, such as unbreakable fiberglass shafts, soft 100% wool yarn, and durable nylon, our TruTimbre Mallets are designed to get the best possible sound from your handbells.
  • Polish: To keep your handbells in tip-top shape, each kit includes polishing cloths for everyday cleaning and polish and cleaning cloths for those times when your bells need a more thorough cleaning.  We'll also include a Maintenance Manual for your bells.
  • Instructional Resources: Each starter kit includes several texts and videos that will have your choir ringing musically in no time: Successful Ringing Step by Step (video and text), Learning to Ring Director's Manual by Janet Van Valey and Sue Berry, and Mastering Musicianship in Handbells by Donald Allured.
  • Music: Included are several music titles specially selected to help you get started.  As an additional bonus, you'll get a copy of our comprehensive music catalog Resources for Ringing.
  • Future Benefits (only with purchase of handbells): 15% off music for 1 year and 20% off Jeffers Almost Perfect Tables and/or handbell table coverings from Custom Coverings for three months following the delivery of your handbells.

Supplies/Resources 2 octave 3 octave 4 octave 5 octave
Foam 18 ft. 24 ft. 30 ft. 36 ft.
Notebook Stands 5 7 8 9
UltimaGloves 12 pair 16 pair 20 pair 24 pair
TruTimbre Mallets 8 12 14 16
Shino Polishing Cloths 5 7 8 9
250gm Can Polish 1 1 1 1
16 oz Pack of Polishing Cloths 1 1 1 1
Successful Ringing Step by Step Text 1 1 1 1
Successful Ringing Step by Step DVD 1 1 1 1
Learning to Ring Director's Manual 1 1 1 1
Mastering Musicianship in Handbells 1 1 1 1
Packet of Music Titles 1 1 1 1
15% Music Discount 1 full year 1 full year 1 full year 1 full year
Shipping Costs Included Included Included Included
Handbell Starter Kit Price $625.00 $800.00 $975.00 $1125.00

To order Handbell Starter Kits or for any other special orders or issues,

please call us toll free at 1-800-547-2355.


Need tables?  Our Almost Perfect Handbell Tables are sure to be a perfect fit for your choir!  They feature sturdy yet lightweight wood tops and legs that adjust from 28" to 42".  Available in rectangle or trapezoid (endless possibilities) and 3' or 4' lengths.  Order our tables up to 3 months after you receive your handbells, and we'll discount them 20%.

Dress up your performance with table covers from Custom Covers!  With 1,2,and 3 piece designs, your choice of corduroy or velvet, and a full palate of colors and other options, you can create a unique style that fits your choir.  Receive 20% off any Custom Covers order--includes covers, banners, even custom embroidery--for up to 3 months after you receive your handbells!

 

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