What are tubular bells?

Tubular Bells

Tubular bells (also known as chimes) are musical instruments in the percussion family. Each bell is a metal tube, 30–38 mm (1¼–1½ inches) in diameter, tuned by altering its length. Its standard range is from C4-F5, though many professional instruments reach G5 (see photo). Tubular bells are often replaced by studio chimes, which are a smaller and usually less expensive instrument. Studio chimes are similar in appearance to tubular bells, but each bell has a smaller diameter than the corresponding bell on tubular bells.

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Tubular Bells II 20th Anniversary Tour 1992/93 - Background
... Tubular Bells II 20th Anniversary Tour was Oldfield's first tour of the 1990s, following the Discovery Tour 1984 ... It promoted the sequel to his debut album Tubular Bells, Tubular Bells II ... did not perform until the premiere of his next Tubular Bells album, Tubular Bells III ...
Mike Oldfield Concert Tours - Background
... Following the release of his debut solo album in 1973, Tubular Bells, Oldfield performed a premiere concert in London ... During the 1990s Oldfield toured twice, for Tubular Bells II and Live Then Now 1999, the later promoted both the Guitars and Tubular Bells III albums ...
Clearlight Symphony - Recording and Release
... probably completed in 1974), after the label's first and highly successful release, Tubular Bells (1973) by Mike Oldfield, and was one of several subsequent Virgin albums that attempted to copy Tubular ... Since the title Tubular Bells was initially better known to the general public than the name of its artist, Virgin Records decided that Clearlight Symphony would be a ... and partly because it was closer in style to Tubular Bells with its symphonic structure (and like that album, contains no percussion in most sections), while the other side is closer to jamming rock music ...
Tubular Bells - As Church Bells
... An example of tubular bells used as church bells is St ... Alban's Anglican Church in Copenhagen ...
The Complete Tubular Bells
... The Complete Tubular Bells is a compilation album that comprises the three main releases under the name of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, released in 2003 alongside Tubular ... This box set includes Tubular Bells 2003 (a re-recording of the original Tubular Bells), Tubular Bells II and Tubular Bells III ... A bonus DVD is also included, the same that was released with the album Tubular Bells 2003 ...

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