Maas Rowe

 
 
 

1989-1994, USA.  Casting thickness seems to vary from bell to bell.  I only have 3 of these so it’s difficult to tell, but the G4 & E5 are much thicker than a Malmark, while the C5 is very thin.  Castings are 81% copper/19% tin and are polished smooth inside and out.  The outside lip of the bell is flat (approx. a 1/16”th ring around the rim) instead of tapering out like other handbells.  The clapper shaft is two thin, strong steel bars that attach on both sides of the turret shaped clapper head.  Clapper heads can be adjusted independently allowing different volume on the ring and backring.  Springs, staples and pins are steel and have flat/round gray foam spring cushions.  Striking direction is adjusted by plastic, closed, gear-like screws (one on either side of the shafts). When loosened, these screws contact the spring cushion first so the clapper doesn’t strike the casting.  The handle and handguard is a one piece unit, molded from amber colored clear plastic.  The handguard is not as thick as in other American bells and has a 1/8” lip (towards casting, not hand) which holds a dark amber plastic disk with the bell designation/ manufacturer’s name (looks rather like a small petri dish).  The bell designation on handle is dark amber (white letters for naturals, black for accidentals) on one side and gray on the other to distinguish clapper direction.  A440.