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Crane Bells

January 28, 2010

The bicycle bell has never been in the category of indispensable accessories that includes lights, helmet, lock, and fenders.  In fact, until very recently I was in the habit of totally ignoring bicycle bells.

Then I learned about Crane bells.  These are classic bells; the platonic ideal bells.  Simple, solid, and perfectly pitched.  The tone is pure and clear. Inexpensive and made in Japan.

Listen.

Just listen for a minute.

The sustain, listen to it.

Well, you would hear it if it were ringing.

Really, it’s famous for it’s sustain.

You can just hold it, “piiiiinnnnngggg”.

You can go and have a bite and it’s just, “piiiiiinnnnnggggg”, you’d still be hearing that one.

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