Seeking Petit & Fritsen Handbells
  • rgrimes
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    Greetings! I'm a composer interested in acquiring a set (or even part of a set) of handbells made by the (now defunct) Petit and Fritsen foundry in the Netherlands. I have been fortunate enough to borrow various sets of these bells from various sources, but would like to actually own a set. Any insights on this query are appreciated. My direct email is gracemarimba@hotmail.com.
  • I didn't know that Petit & Fritsen were defunct. How sad. Probably due to the devilish cut-throat work of simulacrum manufacturers - a pox on their houses.
    We had a Petit & Fritsen carillon at the Lutheran church which I served back in the seventies. They were played after all services by boys from my boys' choir.
    All told, we have four twenty-four bell carillons in Houston: Trinity Lutheran, St Mary's Seminary, St Vincent de Paul's, and St John the Divine.

    Hand bells were actually invented to practice change ringing without disturbing the populace.

    I hope you find the bells you are looking for.
    And, that you will share your compositions with us on the Forum.
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  • Probably due to the devilish cut-throat work of simulacrum manufacturers - a pox on their houses.


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  • P&F handbells pop up for sale - just continue to do web searches and also visit the P&F website (not defunct) in the NL - they merged with another outstanding bell company in 2014.

    I'm quite sure that they are contacted by people interested in selling used sets and can refer you. Best of luck.
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  • If you don't find the Petit & Fritsen that you want, you might find a set of Whitechapel.
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