Buddhist Bell Plate?

I’m hard at work finishing the next Rabbit Ears Audio library, REA_006. The recording has taken me to a bell foundry and percussion rental facility, among others.

I wanted to take a break from editing and post a short clip of one of the more unusual bells I recorded. This bell comes courtesy of Percussionist Jonathan Haas and his percussion rental business, Kettles and Company.  Jonathan told me that he picked up the bell from a Buddhist temple when he was overseas, but didn’t have much more information than that.  I’ve tried to do some cursory research and I’ve seen it most commonly referred to as a “Buddhist Bell Plate” or a “Prayer Bell.”  I’m curious if anyone knows the appropriate name for this bell?

Please hit up the comments if you know the appropriate name of the bell or if you have any materials I can read. I would love to properly identify it in the library. Stay tuned for REA_006 BELLS!

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192.

2 comments

  1. this is commonly referred to as a kyeezee. i believe burma is the country of origin. you might check the Emil Richards book for a couple nice pics. cheers.

    • I’ve seen that info around different sites, but i’d love to have a reference beyond some random shop selling replicas. Thanks for the comment.

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