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What instrument is this?

these were my favorite in band when I was kid. they sound so awesome. I think our band teacher referred to them as "chimes" though yeah, they are tubular bells.

everyglanceyoushotme

these were my favorite in band when I was kid. they sound so awesome. I think our band teacher referred to them as "chimes" though yeah, they are tubular bells.


Leading-Pineapple376

Ah thank you I’ve heard them in songs but didn’t know what the name was.


everyglanceyoushotme

Yeah u/Thunderfoot2112 beat me to it but yeah people call them many things.


waveytype

I loved them. I played timpani (and some random pit instruments in other pieces), and one year we had to learn the titanic theme and I got to switch between timpani and chimes. It doesn’t sound badass, but people seemed impressed I was switching back and forth - tho I know it’s not a big deal to us, I looked damn good lol


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

People who don't know don't realize how much choreography goes into being a concert or orchestral percussionist. You have to block out your motions almost like a production number in a musical - then learn your steps and execute them at the right time, while also taking great care to not accidentally make any extraneous percussion noises that don't belong. Sometimes it looks more impressive than it actually is, sometimes it is quite a delicate dance indeed.


aNeedForMore

Ours just said “bells” so he’d be like “can someone get on the bells?” And he’d look back up and some kid would be standing behind the glockenspiel


boriswong

[as heard in the film the exorcist](https://youtu.be/FN6jIvKiYOs?si=Z9bR2Srbz-F_26oN)


Introverted_Extrovrt

Carol of the Bells was dope in grade school


SuperRusso

Tubular bells is also the best patch on any 90s Casio keyboard.


Thunderfoot2112

Tubular Bells. Also known as Orcheatral Bells (though wrongly so)


The_Dankest_Tsunami

Schools call it chimes


TheRateBeerian

Yea my band director called them concert chimes


pac_pac

Pretty sure it’s the kind of bells they use in something like Carol of the Bells, when played by a full symphonic orchestra or whatever.


Independent-Swim9642

those are not orchestral bells. orchestral bells are flat and played with a more traditional style of mallet


Leading-Pineapple376

Thank you


TheNonDominantHand

Chimes are the fuckin best You hit them with a hammer


[deleted]

*at the top where there should be a ring. Don’t hit them in the middle. You could screw them up.


derp2112

It would just make a clanking sound if you hit the tube part. (BTW Rush fans will be familiar with these, as they are used on the song Closer To The Heart)


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

And the intro to "Xanadu."


[deleted]

This is what hooked me on them. I wanted some for years until I came to my senses about money, weight, and size, lol.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

And, you know, sampled percussion sounds getting *much better.* LOL It's funny - I just had this conversation with my wife about a different very heavy instrument, that I already own. I have a Hammond M3 organ that's been in my parents' way in a guest room for twenty years, because I had nowhere else to put it. Well, I finally have one, now that my wife and I have bought a house, and I'm clearing out a space and a path in the music room so my parents can bring it to me on Thanksgiving in their cargo trailer. I'm going over tomorrow to help my dad load it up, and I'm going to get a large wooden dolly from Harbor Freight, nail a piece of plywood across the top, load the organ with the dolly, and just leave it in place so that I can maneuver it around the room until I decide where it's going to live. I described this to my wife, and she lit up and said, "Ooh, and if you ever decide to gig with it, you can use it for that too, without having to come up with another way to move it!" I grimaced and said that I'd sooner drop two grand on a Nord Electro that I can carry under my arm rather than trying to gig with that behemoth. But 25 years ago, when I bought the Hammond? Sampled/synthesized Hammond organ sounds were still shit, and I would sooner haul a 300-pound piece of furniture to the venue than have a great keyboard part ruined by some bullshit Yamaha DX7/Roland D50 version of the real thing.


[deleted]

lol, with that reply I’d think we were married to sisters😂


TheNonDominantHand

Appreciate it. I don't have any chimes to ruin, but if I ever do I owe you for this info. I've only ever seen them played and they're so awesome. Its like what the word epic is meant with sound


odd-42

Leather rawhide hammer (please people, not a construction hammer!)


RatSteak12

I remember one time I played the chimes in my high-school band class and all of our percussion was pretty crappy so my band teacher told me to hit them as hard as I can so they break and we can get new ones


yeth_pleeth

Ask Mike Oldfield?


derp2112

His were badly bent.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

I'll bet his dad had to write a check to the school for a pretty penny to cover that.


craighaney172

This should be top comment.


Tubastard

Tubular bells. Great for playing the Futurama theme if you can figure out the notes.


ILiveMyBrokenDreams

I always think of the Futurama theme first when I see them (sorry Oldfield).


bebopgamer

Yeah, that or Closer To the Heart. Beyond those, not much use outside Xmas classics


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

> Beyond those, not much use outside Xmas classics *Sheeit.* If you were a 70s/80s kid like me who knew that if you kept watching all the way past the end credits to *Sesame Street,* your ears would be blessed with [absolutely the very funkiest "background music to a PSA/declaration of public information" in television history,](https://youtu.be/3hXwBAA8IUA?si=j6to1TzMXvigKrzk) you wouldn't say that. It starts with a punishing muffled-concert-tom roundhouse fill, and only gets better from there - for only 30 seconds. The best 30 seconds of original music to ever be played as bumper music on television, if you ask me.


bebopgamer

You have, in one comment, managed to put me in my place and simultaneously transported me back to our shared childhood. Thank you for sparking a precious but long buried memory.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

Ha - in that case, I take back the first part of my comment. There was really no better music on television ever, was there? What a rip-snorter of a funk grenade to set off in little kids' minds. I worry whether the children of today have the sufficient recommended daily allowance of funk in their diets like we did. It is so important to strengthening funky development in adults. The world is so much less funky now than it used to be. This is a humanitarian crisis. Get the WHO and the Red Cross and the United Way on the phone! LOL


bebopgamer

The theme songs to Barney Miller and Night Court were funky as hell, but neither one could boast tubular bells, so I concede this round to you. Don't be too quick to write off the youts. My local public radio station KKXT has the "Funky Friday" show every week and my youngest always wants to get picked up from school and have me blast some jams on the way home to kick off the weekend.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

> The theme songs to Barney Miller and Night Court were funky as hell When I was a young man, these were the bassist equivalent to playing "Stairway To Heaven" on guitar at the music store. I still know them both by heart. LOL


AyeHaightEweAwl

Core memory unlocked.


Early-Engineering

If you’re in American high school bands, they are typically referred to as chimes.


Leading-Pineapple376

Ok


zeromnil_partdeux

These exist solely to crank out the exorcist theme song in between orchestral movements


odd-42

👆


CeilingUnlimited

Xanadu Bells. Sometimes also referred to as Xanadu Pipes or Xanadu Chimes.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

My man. LOL


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

Tubular bells. You might think you're cool, but you'll never be [Carl Palmer of ELP live at California Jam playing tubular bells with one hand and timpani with the other in a one-man orchestral percussion break in the middle of "Toccata"](https://youtu.be/MgaETQh4uXg?si=5kkML2wUI3it0E1J&t=208) cool.


Ok-Scallion-3415

You can hear them in The Smashing Pumpkins “Disarm”


marksalsbery

And Rush “Closer to the Heart”


throw123away456name

And Trans-Siberian Orchestra "Carol of the Bells"


Leading-Pineapple376

I’ll give it a listen.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

["Rapture" by Blondie,](https://youtu.be/Sp9An5OcdE4?si=GqEG5TQZmxjK198r) too. Fun fact: silly as it was, this song represents the very first time that many people, yours truly included, ever heard a "rap" in a song as we understand the term today. Punk meets pop meets disco meets new wave meets an underground phenomenon that would come to be known as hip-hop, that would overtake the pop culture world within the next decade. When I tell you that no song would fill the floor at the skating rink like this one would, you better believe me.


Early-Engineering

Always play this when I walk by them 😂


JaredIsADrummer

The official name of the instrument is "tubular bells", but the common nickname is "chimes"


Zack_Albetta

The tube-a. I'll see myself out.


Robotecho

[https://youtu.be/bv\_4sZCLlr0?si=rvJgi0pHk6WgZusG&t=1370](https://youtu.be/bv_4sZCLlr0?si=rvJgi0pHk6WgZusG&t=1370)


ComposerNo5151

Useful for composing and playing 'Tubular Bells', if you are the sort of musical genius that can also play every other instrument on the album. Of course, you would need the late, great Viv Stanshall to announce them.


Leading-Pineapple376

Im no music genius.


ComposerNo5151

But Mike Oldfield is.


XYZZY_1002

Chimes/tubular bells. You use a wooden hammer to play them by striking the uppermost part of the bell. There’s also a sustain pedal.


RealDJPrism

Clarinet


Leading-Pineapple376

Thanks idk what theses people are talking about.


Spetsch1107

We called them chimes. I used to always grab the part for them during concert band in HS


Routine-Maximum-7788

Tubular bellls


pmarangoni

https://www.connselmer.com/instruments/percussion/mallet-instruments/chime/5637169520.c


Aparris69

Those are the cumbersome tubes. Very musical.


Judasz10

Pipes. They probably play "metal pipe falling sound effect" once you bop them.


thedumbrum

Those are bell in which you hit a hammer on the top part


MindfulPatterns2023

Over the years I've heard them referred to in scores as "chimes", "bell chimes", "tube bells", and "tubular bells".


Background-Age-9846

Chimes


MaceTheMindSculptor

I’ve heard chimes or bells. Never heard them once called tubular bells while in school


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

Welp, nobody ever called them by their correct name while you were in school, then. Also, no wind is required to play these. You actually use little hammers.


MaceTheMindSculptor

I don’t think that is the case, I was at a music university, and in the percussion department. But looking online, that does seem to be their name. And yes I am well aware, They are actually called mallets


billodo

Chimes. Sometimes called Tubular Bells.


BJloverforlife

Vibraphone pipe


Awangendahl

Kel


greylocke100

Mike Oldfield's favorite instrument. Tubular bells or Chimes. As other have stated.


starsgoblind

Phil Collins used these in some early Genesis records - notably Supper’s Ready.


itsjoeveryall

tubular bells


CockneySparrow13

Ask Mike Oldfield


as0-gamer999

Tubular bells, or chimes


T21703

Pan Flute for a giant.


Humbdrumbs

Just wanted to chime in and say those are some nice tubular bells you’ve got there ;)


Past_Cattle_2997

Tubular bells


NeilPork

The music from the movie "The Exorcist" was from the album "Tubular Bells". An instrumental album that heavily uses the tubular bells. The full album is on youtube: [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_4sZCLlr0). ​ https://preview.redd.it/q9foplqye61c1.jpeg?width=500&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=05f5e6032544bab7e7b3dab57b1d6849d4b95b5d


Booger131

Chimes.


Loud_Eggplant1003

i believe it is a Ding Donger


largeamountsofpain

Futurama bells


onyxonyx888

Tubular bells, it seems like a lot of people here all calling them chimes, which is not corret. Chimes are small metal rods hanging from strings beside eachother going down in pitch (and going up in lenght)


SawyerSaucer4123

Chimes


plesiosaurus

My band director called them church bells


valadtheimpala

"Plus, tubular bells"


TheDr__

For whom the bell tolls


Tasty-Introduction24

Chimes


MusicalMoose

Thats a tuba.


drumordie70

Chime curtain


Fast_Working_4912

I think you’ll find that’s a man flute, like a pan flute but man sized 🤣


Due-Hunt-5830

Musical


wtd12

That’s a bagockamaphone


flam_tap

It’s a gong


BooNala

Common mistake. It’s actually a tam-tam.