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    • #10921
      Anonymous
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      Crystal in California writes:

      I would like to know how much a bell that is 3 feet high, 35 inches in diamater, approx. 3 inches thick is worth. It was from the original Methodist church here in El Centro so it dates back over 50 years and it is made of brass. I was just wondering what a bell like that would cost. It was stolen last night if you could help me out I would appreciate it.

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    • #13987
      hjlong
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      Do you know the manufacurer? In general, bronze bells are worth about $100 per inch at the lip, but some bells are worth more and some worth less. Having all of the hardware (Clapper, Yoke, Wheel, and Brackets) increases the value. If you want to replace your bell, you will have to pay the going rate for a new bell or a refurbished previously used bell. A new bell could be quite expensive due to cost of raw materials, fuel, shipping & installation. A used bell will have purchase cost, shipping, and installation. If you are looking for a used bell, you may wish to check out http://www.brosamersbells.com .
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13988
      lucky13
      Member

      Sorry about your bell. After getting the settlement on it you might consider replacement with a steel or iron one which will cost less and not be as likely to be stolen by copper thieves. Here in Indiana, law enforcement now alerts all metal-buying facilities of thefts which has resulted in many arrests.

    • #13989
      todd lower
      Member

      You should post any information you can think of about the bell, foundry, date, and any inscription or location..I buy bells and will keep my eyes open .If all you have is the foundry or size it will be very hard to find .thanks Todd Lower 419-350-7262

    • #13990
      maxkurillo
      Participant

      Crystal,
      That bell probably was not mounted in a bell tower or a wall, but it was HEAVY 😕 , well over 1,000 lbs. Considering the cost of scrap metal this was a pot of $ just waiting to be taken.
      This is only one of many scrap metal thefts it happens every day 😥 . Does any one have good pictures of the bell showing all the lettering and decorations on the bell. Also what type, shape of mounting is on top. Harry and lucky13 have good suggestions. What ever type of bell your church decides to obtain make sure it has a secure theft proof mounting. Max

    • #13991
      mdgalperin
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      > viewtopic.php?f=4&t=883
      > Crystal in California would like to know how much it will cost to replace her church’s stolen bell.

      Crystal, hi.

      > I would like to know how much a bell that is 3 feet high, 35 inches in diamater, approx. 3 inches thick is worth.
      > It was from the original Methodist church here in El Centro so it dates back over 50 years and it is made of brass.
      > I was just wondering what a bell like that would cost. It was stolen last night if you could help me out I would
      > appreciate it.

      I’ll be glad to help you.

      Best regards

      Mark


      Mark D. Galperin, Blagovest Bells
      508 San Anselmo Avenue, Suite 1B
      San Anselmo, California 94960 USA
      1415-256-2512 t.; 1415-256-9268 f.;
      email: mdgalperin@churchbells.us
      url: http://churchbells.us
      1415-244-0495 c.

    • #13992
      John Eachus
      Member

      Good Morning Crystal!

      The bell described is of unusual shape. Do you know the history of the bell, or the foundry where it was cast? There was a very historic foundry in California, and if your bell came from theat foundry, it adds value.
      Was the bell set up for swing ringing? Have a funeral side toller? Do you have any photos?

      The bell described would be musical note “A” and weigh 1,000 pounds, with hardware 1,500 pounds.

      Church bells of any size were cast of copper & tin, or copper & silver. The tin or silver produces the vibrations for musical tones.

      A repalcement bell of this size new cast would run around $30K+ depending on mountings. A certified pre-owned bell would be about 40-60% less, depending on who owns the bell.

      Do you have any additional information or photos of your bell?

      John Eachus http://www.bells-clocks.com

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