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Tubular bell

Tubular bells (also known as chimes) are musical instruments in the percussion family. Each bell is a metal, typically brass, tube, 11 inches in diameter, tuned by altering its length. Tubular bells are typically found in chromatic sets of 1 octaves with a range from C5 to F6. Two-octave sets that extend to F4 do exist, but they are extremely heavy and not commonly used.

Tubular bells are typically struck with a rawhide[?]- or plastic-headed hammer. They are commonly used to mimic the sound of heavy and impractical church bells[?] in programmatic[?] classical music pieces such as Berliozs Symphonie Fantastique and Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture[?].



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