Petit and Fritsen (Dutch) Handbells Sought
  • aldine
    Posts: 27
    This is a pretty specific "wish list" item and I don't know if I'll ever acquire it, but thought I would throw it out there. I have a good amount of experience working with American (English) handbells - two of the churches I served had Malmark handbells, and I enjoyed them. However, I have always been interested in acquiring a set (or even part of a set - perhaps an octave) of the Dutch handbells made from the 1950s-1990s by the Petit and Fritsen foundry in the Netherlands. These are the bells depicted in Richard Proulx's book "Tintinnabulum" and can be heard on many of his recordings. They are superb in his style of chant accompaniment with peals and clusters, as they are tuned like a carillon and have a strong minor 10th harmonic. They also have an unpolished, "dull" appearance with leather handles. If you know of someone who has a set, I'd love to get in contact with them.
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  • jefe
    Posts: 173
    aldine, I too am on the hunt for a set of Petit and Fritsen's. I see a set sold at auction for $200 recently. Peter Hallock, founder of the Compline Choir in Seattle used an extended set in the 1950's as an 'extra' for his fledgling Men of Compline. Hallock and Proulx were good friends in the biz. Proulx died in 2010, and Hallock a year ago. Pax in aeternum. Last Sunday our men of the Trinity Compline Choir for the first time chanted the office to the accompaniment of more modern handbells our Parish owns. The bell idea was a good one but the soft, halo-y sound of the modern bells was not as appropriate, especially after hearing the simulcast of the Compline Choir using the Petit and Fritsen's. If we find some P & F's simultaneously we might have to arm wrestle to see who gets them. 8<)<br />regards, as always, jefe
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  • Hope
    Posts: 2
    Aldine & Jefe,
    I am a member of one of two churches that are in the process of merging. Both churches have handbells. Ours are two octaves of Petit Ne Fritsen; 25 bells. They are in reasonable good shape. Are you still interested?
  • canadashcanadash
    Posts: 1,397
    Hope, you may wish to send a pm (personal mail) to these two posters. It is more likely that they will get them because they link directly to the recipient's email. Best wishes.
  • Hope
    Posts: 2
    Thanks Canadash, I am in contact with both of them.
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  • Mamyren
    Posts: 1
    I have a set of Petit and Fritsen handbells for sale. I have three octaves from C3 through C6. I also have some bells from C2 to C3. These were purchased from the factory in 1960 and have been refurbished in the last 5 years. They were appraised at $15,000, but I obviously would sell them for less. I can be contacted at m.myren@sbcglobal.net.
  • Kshep2193
    Posts: 1
    Hi! I am searching for a few P&F handbells that are missing from my set: G#4, A#4, F#5, D#6. My set is from roughly the 40s/50s. Thank you for any help! My contact is kshep2193@gmail.com
  • I have about 10 Petit and Fritzen bells available.......if anyone is interested, please e mail me, and I'll provide the note name and number that are available, and we can discuss pricing.
    resac@aol.com