This chart used to be available at http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kingsbur/bellsweights.html.
However, that page is not currently available, so it is reproduced here.

Major Brands of Handbells:
Sizes and Weights for Diatonic Pitches

These sizes and weights have been compiled from a great many sources:

  • The Malmark measurements, for both bronze and aluminum bells, were provided to me by the manufacturer on my request. These are the weights as of the first quarter of 2000; keep in mind that if your bells are significantly older than that date they may well vary from the measurements below (being, probably, heavier).
  • The Schulmerich measurements were provided by the manufacturer for a class on bass bell techniques taught at the Area V summer event at Albion College, June 1995. They were posted to the handbell-L a while back by Bill Wood.
  • Russ Wenner of Schulmerich also supplied a few weights for lower Schulmerich bells.
  • The weights for the Whitechapels were provided by Rusty Sanders, who weighed them himself.
  • The diameters for the Whitechapels were provided by Carl Zimmerman, who measured them himself. Please note that the weight and diameter of the Whitechapels were measured upon two different sets. Jerry Olson provided the weights for the Whitechapels below C3; apparently these numbers are the factory specifications.
  • The measurements for the Petit & Fritsens were made by me. Weights will be added once I get a decent scale.
  • The measurements for the Taylor bells were sent to me by Louise Salmon. Please note that they have been converted from metric.

    All (most) weights are given to the closest ounce. This occasionally leads to misleading results due to rounding. For example, one might wonder how the Malmark G#7 can be a full ounce (14%) heavier than both the G7 and A7. The answer is: it isn't. The G#7 is actually 7.6 oz, which is not really that much heavier than the G7 (7.4 oz, 3%) or the A7 (7.1 oz, 7%). Because only the Malmark measurements take this degree of precision, however, I am rounding everything to the nearest ounce to make comparisons easier, and to preserve my sanity.

    You can also see these numbers plotted into graphs, in one of three ways: by weight, by diameter, or as a ratio of diameter to weight. Kinda interesting.

    Schulmerich Whitechapel Petit & Fritsen Malmark Taylor
    Bell Diameter Weight Diameter Weight Diameter Weight Diameter Weight
    C8 2" 8 oz 2" 7 oz 2 5/8" 2" 7 oz
    B7 2 1/2" 7 oz 2" 8 oz 2 5/8" 2 1/16" 7 oz
    A#7 2 1/8" 7 oz
    A7 2" 8 oz 2 1/8" 7 oz 2 5/8" 2 1/8" 7 oz
    G#7 2 1/4" 8 oz
    G7 2 3/16" 8 oz 2 3/16" 7 oz 2 5/8" 2 1/4" 7 oz
    F#7 2 5/8" 2 3/8" 8 oz
    F7 2 3/16" 8 oz 2 1/4" 7.5 oz 2 5/8" 2 3/8" 7 oz
    E7 2 3/16" 8 oz 2 3/8" 7.5 oz 2 5/8" 2 3/8" 7 oz
    D#7 2 5/8" 2 3/8" 8 oz
    D7 2 3/16" 8 oz 2 3/8" 7.5 oz 2 5/8" 2 3/8" 8 oz
    C#7 2 5/8" 2 1/2" 8 oz
    C7 2 1/2" 8 oz 2 7/16" 7.5 oz 2 1/2" 2 1/2" 8 oz
    B6 2 1/2" 8 oz 2 5/8" 8 oz 2 5/8" 2 5/8" 8 oz
    A#6 2 3/4" 2 3/4" 9 oz
    A6 2 3/8" 8 oz 2 11/16" 9 oz 2 3/4" 2 3/4" 8 oz
    G#6 2 7/8" 2 7/8" 8 oz
    G6 2 3/4" 8 oz 2 3/4" 9 oz 3" 2 7/8" 8 oz
    F#6 3" 3" 9 oz
    F6 2 7/8" 8 oz 3" 10 oz 3 1/8" 3 " 9 oz
    E6 3 1/8" 11 oz 3 1/16" 10 oz 3 3/16" 3 1/4" 11 oz
    D#6 3 14/" 3 1/4" 11 oz
    D6 3 3/8" 11 oz 3 1/4" 11 oz 3 5/16" 3 1/4" 12 oz
    C#6 3 5/16" 3 1/2" 12 oz
    C6 3 3/8" 11 oz 3 3/8" 12 oz 3 7/16" 3 1/2" 12 oz
    B5 3 3/8" 14 oz 3 1/2" 13 oz 3 9/16" 3 5/8" 13 oz 3 1/2" 15 oz
    A#5 3 11/16" 1 lb 5 oz 3 3/4" 14 oz
    A5 3 3/4" 14 oz 3 3/4" 14 oz 3 11/16" 1 lb 5 oz 3 3/4" 14 oz 3 13/16" 1 lb
    G#5 3 13/16" 1 lb 6 oz 4" 1 lb 3 15/16" 1 lb 1 oz
    G5 3 3/16" 14 oz 3 15/16" 1 lb 1 oz 3 7/8" 1 lb 6 oz 4 " 1 lb
    F#5 4" 1 lb 7 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 1 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 3 oz
    F5 3 7/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 1/16" 1 lb 2 oz 4" 1 lb 8 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 1 oz
    E5 4 1/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 7 oz 4 1/8" 1 lb 1 oz 4 3/16" 1 lb 3 oz
    D#5 4 3/16" 1 lb 7 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 6 oz
    D5 4 3/8" 1 lb 3 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 6 oz 4 3/16" 1 lb 7 oz 4 3/8" 1 lb 3 oz
    C#5 4 5/16" 1 lb 7 oz 4 1/2" 1 lb 6 oz 4 11/16" 1 lb 7 oz
    C5 4 5/8" 1 lb 8 oz 4 1/2" 1 lb 7 oz 4 7/16" 1 lb 9 oz 4 1/2" 1 lb 5 oz
    B4 4 7/8" 1 lb 8 oz 4 13/16" 1 lb 9 oz 4 5/8" 1 lb 10 oz 4 3/4" 1 lb 7 oz 4 15/16" 1 lb 7 oz
    A#4 4 13/16" 1 lb 13 oz 5 1/8" 1 lb 13 oz
    A4 5 1/8" 2 lbs 5 3/8" 1 lb 15 oz 4 7/8" 5 1/8" 1 lb 12 oz 5 7/16" 1 lb 10 oz
    G#4 5 1/8" 5 5/8" 2 lbs 5 7/16" 1 lb 13oz
    G4 5 5/8" 2 lbs 5 9/16" 2 lbs 2 oz 5 3/8" 5 5/8" 2 lbs
    F#4 5 1/2" 5 3/4" 2 lbs 2 oz 5 3/4" 1 lb 13 oz
    F4 6" 2 lbs 5 oz 5 7/8" 2 lbs 5 oz 5 9/16" 5 3/4" 2 lbs 1 oz
    E4 6 1/4" 2 lbs 8 oz 6 3/8" 2 lbs 12 oz 5 15/16" 6 1/4" 2 lbs 7 oz 6 1/8" 2 lbs 6 oz
    D#4 6" 6 1/2" 2 lbs 11 oz
    D4 6 1/2" 2 lbs 11 oz 6 9/16" 3 lbs 1 oz 6 3/16" 6 1/2" 2 oz 9 oz
    C#4 6 1/2" 6 3/4" 2 lbs 14 oz
    C4 6 3/4" 2 lbs 14 oz 6 3/4" 3 lbs 2 oz 6 7/8" 6 3/4" 2 lbs 11 oz
    B3 7 1/8" 3 lbs 2 oz 7" 3 lbs 10 oz 7 1/16" 7 1/4" 3 lbs
    A#3 7 1/4" 7 3/8" 3 lbs 9 oz
    A3 7 1/2" 3 lbs 8 oz 7 11/16" 4 lbs 2 oz 7 11/16" 7 3/8" 3 lbs 6 oz
    G#3 7 7/8" 8 1/8" 4 lbs 8 oz
    G3 7 3/4" 3 lbs 13 oz 8 1/8" 4 lbs 10 oz 8 1/4" 8 1/8" 4 lbs 4 oz Malmark Aluminum
    F#3 9" 6 lbs 2 oz 12" 5 lbs 2 oz
    F3 8 7/8" 5 lbs 8 15/16" 5 lbs 14 oz 8 3/4" 9" 5 lbs 12 oz 12" 4 lbs 7 oz
    E3 9 3/8" 5 lbs 14 oz 9 7/8" 7 lbs 10 oz 9 7/16" 9 5/8" 6 lbs 8 oz 13" 5 lbs 2 oz
    D#3 10" 7 lbs 6 oz 13" 4 lbs 3 oz
    D3 9 7/8" 6 lbs 2 oz 10 1/2" 9 lbs 6 oz 10 5/16" 10" 6 lbs 15 oz 13" 4 lbs 2 oz
    C#3 10 7/8" 8 lbs 11 oz 14" 5 lbs 6 oz
    C3 10 1/4" 7 lbs 2 oz 11 5/16" 11 lbs 1 oz 10 7/8" 10 7/8" 8 lbs 4 oz 14" 5 lbs 2 oz
    B2 11 1/8" 9 lbs 2 oz 13 lbs 4 oz 11" 7 lbs 15 oz 14" 5 lbs 6 oz
    A#2 12 1/4" 11 lbs 13 oz 15" 6 lbs 13 oz
    A2 11" 8 lbs 3 oz 15 lbs 10 oz 12 1/4" 11 lbs 5 oz 15" 6 lbs 11 oz
    G#2 12 7/8" 12 lbs 15 oz 16 1/2" 7 lbs 5 oz
    G2 11 15/16" 9 lbs 4 oz 18 lbs 15 oz 12 7/8" 12 lbs 2 oz 16 1/2" 7 lbs
    F#2 14" 15 lbs 3 oz 18 1/2" 10 lbs 15 oz
    F2 14 1/8" 14 lbs 1 oz 18 1/2" 10 lbs 7 oz
    E2 14 1/16" 13 lbs 9 oz 18 1/2" 9 lbs 14 oz
    D#2 14 1/8" 12 lbs 10 oz 18 1/2" 9 lbs 4 oz
    D2 14" 11 lbs 10 oz 18 1/2" 8 lbs 15 oz
    C#2 14 1/8" 11 lbs 2 oz 18 1/2" 8 lbs 7 oz
    C2 15 1/4" 15 lbs 7 oz 19 " 9 lbs 9 oz

    The astute reader may notice that occasionally (especially in the lower bells, such as the Schulmerich A2) a bell actually weighs less than a bell pitched higher (in this case, the B2). Why would that be?

    Carl Zimmerman offers the following explanation:

    I've been told (and it's quite evident on our Whitechapel basses) that the reason for this is that two (or sometimes even three) consecutive semitones are cast from the same size mold. Since the pitch is primarily a function of the inside diameter (on handbells as well as on tower bells), more metal is removed from the casting to get the lower note, thus leaving it the same size on the outside but larger on the inside, therefore thinner & of course lighter in weight. Curiously, it doesn't seem to have a perceptible effect on the timbre (at least to my ears).

    Here's a little exercise for you: given the measurements above, can you find the "break points" between castings? That is, can you find the points where the manufacturers stop using one casting and start using another? (Hint: look for places in the chart where there is a small jump in pitch but a large jump in weight and/or diameter.)

    The chart also points out the dramatic differences in size and weight between the bronze and aluminum bells. Roughly speaking, aluminum bells only weigh as much as a bronze bell pitched a sixth higher (eg, aluminum D2 and bronze B2) while being as wide as a bell pitched as much as a sixth lower (eg, aluminum E3 and bronze G2).