Temple bowls for Hire
There are two variations of tuned temple bell. The first is made of a copper and zinc alloy and are black in colour. The second is made of brass and are generally much smaller, although can be larger but will usually be shallower as well. This second version can also be called a rin. They are both bowl-shaped and sit on a small rounded cushion. The sound is clear and bell-like and both are struck with various short sticks of either wood or covered in a rubber sleeve. Sizes range from just a few inches to sometimes a few feet and modern temple bells are now available in octaves. For a special effect, the rubber stick can be rubbed around the rim of the temple bell in a clockwise direction. The effect is the note singing through, but without the impact of the strike. Many composers have used these instruments in classical music and due to their adaptability, they have many uses in contemporary music, film scoring and other recording.