Back in October at a Harvest Festival I bought this box of sleighbells for $20.
I have a talented friend at the music store. I call him The Claw. He renovates toy pianos, plays with wood, and just "does stuff" with wood, metal, bamboo, light fixtures, whatever comes his way. He is also a master tailor and requires no patterns when sewing. Just look and cut. The Christmas in March stocking was a gift to him after he requested one on or about December 21st.
There's a whole lot more to say about The Claw (including the fact that his ENTIRE HOUSE is circa. 1950 with NO modern day aberrations other than a computer) but I must stay focused.
Several years ago, The Claw and I looked at sleigh bells in antiques places, marveling at the magical sounds and exorbitant prices. When I found this box of sorry-a$$ed bells I delivered them directly to him. They sounded great but had seen better days.
Last Thursday on my visit to the music store I received these:
And they sound like this:
Solvents would not clean them and his hands were wounded and chafed from the wire brush needed to make them happen but I think it was well worth it! What a great friend I have.