They are commonly played by being struck with hard mallets. However, they may also be played by striking two disks together in the same manner as finger cymbals , or by bowing. Their sound is rather like a small tuned bell , only with a much brighter sound, and a much longer resonance. Like tuned finger cymbals, crotales are thicker and larger; they also have slight grooves in them. The name comes from the Greek crotalon , for a castanet or rattle. Modern crotales are arranged chromatically and have a range of up to two octaves.
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Crotal bells - Premier Metal Detecting Forum
Details of the worth, as now implemented, are fully described below, but essentially the sleigh is contained within the sand core during the moulding process, thus eliminating the need either to solder a joint, or to bend the copper into shape. These are, in fact, primarily to facilitate positioning of the core, rather than for transmission of the sound. The two-part makers for sale of this type are split at the girth rib on the bell, and consequently there are no vertical mould-joint lines evident on them. The girth rib serves the useful purpose of accommodating any minor misalignment between the two halves of the mould, as well as strengthening the bell and retaining the traditional appearance of those with a soldered joint. From the 16th century, the one-piece cast crotal rendered most other types of construction obsolete.
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Circa 17th century. These bells are known since medieval times and come in a variety of sizes and designs. I have found about a couple of dozen complete ones in various sizes and several more broken parts, but never a crushed one because cast bronze will shatter rather than bend.