I like the bells, however, I was a bit disappointed with how the clapper was made. It is not a traditional clapper (metal ball handing from a stem) as I'm used to seeing with a hand bell. Yet, the sound is quite impressive. Also, these bells do not allow for solos because of the way their made. The handles are made for small hands. Adults can use them but they may take them a minute to feel comfortable with them. Each bell is labeled C1-D2-E3-F4-G5-A6-B7-C8. The notes starts at middle C (like on the piano and goes one octave). The handles are plastic and in order to get a good ring you need to hold the bell with your thumb on the plastic square that also carries the labeled note/number and basically throw your arm forward. I had read from one of the true bell makers that you should extend your arm taking it in a oval circle and to stop the ring to lay it against your shoulder or use your hand. Using the bells will take some practice. Oh YHEA!!!!, if you can read music, you DO NOT need to buy the 8 not bell ringing books. The notes are the same notes you use on a piano. I do like them for the cost. I wished I could afford the professional bells, but for over $200 per bell, it is not something I'm able to purchase. However you should look into them, (Malmark and Schulmerich) they are quite beautiful.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]