Darby Handbell Services, LLC

Repair and Refurbishment of American Made Handbells

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PROFESSIONAL FULL REFURBISH AND REPAIR of all American made handbells with quick turnaround time.        

Annual Maintenance Plan

The annual Maintenance option allows more flexibility in maintaining handbells on an annual basis.  Cases can be brought in one or two cases each year for maintenance instead of having the expense of doing all maintenance...

Full Refurbishment

Pricing for 2017 We refurbish major brands of American made handbells Each invoice includes a list of work completed and a written evaluation that includes suggestions for future care and maintenance. Replacement hand guards now available...

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(816) 966-9116
(816) 665-4707 cell

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Annual Maintenance Plan

The annual Maintenance option allows more flexibility in maintaining handbells on an annual basis.  Cases can be brought in one or two cases each year for maintenance instead of having the expense of doing all maintenance at the same time.  Prices vary according to the number of bells and sizes of bells in each case. Please give us a call to discuss. (816) 966-9116 (816) 665-4707 cell or email here.

Annual Maintenance per Set (interior of castings not cleaned/polished):

1 octave$450
2 octaves$850
3 octaves$1150
4 octaves $1550
4 1/2 octaves (upper fifth)$1750
4 1/2 octaves (lower fifth)$1825
5 octaves$1950

Annual Maintenance per Case (interior of castings not cleaned/polished):

C3-D3 (3 bells)$105
D#3-F#3 (4 bells)$140
G3-B3 (5 bells)$175
C4-F#4 (7 bells)$210
G4-B4, C#6-G6 (12 bells)$265
C5-C6 (13 bells)$270
G#6-C7 (5 bells)$100
C#7-G7 (7 bells)$140
G#7-C8 (5 bells)$100

*Additional parts and labor charges may apply.  Prices subject to change.

 

Full Refurbishment

Pricing for 2017

We refurbish major brands of American made handbells

Each invoice includes a list of work completed and a written evaluation that includes suggestions for future care and maintenance.

Replacement hand guards now available for Schulmerich handbells through Jeffers Handbell Supply.

Service Plus Refurbishment includes the following:

  • Hand polishing of casting interior and exterior, handle rivets, clapper heads and stems
  • Cleaning hand guards and yoke mechanisms
  • Replacing all anti-friction washers, neoprene bumpers, and clapper lock washers
  • Replacing nyliners as needed
  • Adjusting spring tension
  • Placing handbells in clear poly bags
  • Vacuuming bell cases

Other services required will be charged additional parts and labor fees. Please discuss this with our service representative before scheduling your refurbishment.

1 octave$450
2 octaves$850
3 octaves$1150
4 octaves $1550
4 1/2 octaves (upper fifth)$1750
4 1/2 octaves (lower fifth)$1825
5 octaves$1950

Prices above are basic labor charges only. Any additional parts and labor are at additional expense. The customer must provide the following before refurbishment starts: replacement parts for any cracked or broken handles, hand guards, and clappers. Malmark customers must purchase a complete set of restraining springs, making sure to order TWO springs for each handbell. If these are not brought with your handbells, completion time may be delayed while waiting for parts you will need to order and ship to us.

Please remember that the preferred and safest method of polishing your handbells is to polish them by hand. This is the only method we use and there is no additional charge for this service.

Please request a price quote if you would like have your restraining springs and/or locknuts replaced during your refurbishment or annual maintenance.

*Plus Parts

Individual Bell Repair:
A $37.50 minimum fee per bell plus parts will be charged for most repairs when done on an individual basis. A trip charge may also apply.

**Pricing Subject to Change**

PROFESSIONAL FULL REFURBISH AND REPAIR of all American made handbells with quick turnaround time.

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

IMG_7349Jean Darby has been maintaining the bells for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for several years.  We have always been pleased with the periodic maintenance and any needed repairs.  She is always ready, willing and able to help us with whatever happens, so when I found the bells after the tornado I knew we would need advice and help in the restoration.  The day the insurance adjusters were asking me questions about the bells, I knew we would need to have Jean assess and recommend.  We took the bells to Kansas City and left them for her to assess and recommend (you can see the pics on her website) – – she even talked with the insurance adjusters about needed repairs and replacement.  She mailed us a per bell detailed assessment and recommendation!!

Some weeks later I went after the bells and found a thrilling surprise—she had replaced the bell cases with wheeled bell cases!  We all LOVE that!  Our group does performances away from the church so the wheeled cases are a great addition!!  Oh, I forgot to mention – the bells were all “like new” even the ones she repaired instead of replaced!  So, Thank you Jean for a job  well done!”

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Joplin, Missouri

View the Slideshow of Joplin Bells here.

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I have been very happy with the repair service of handbells that Jean Darby of Darby Handbells has offered over the many years, from Area 8 HIC bell maintenance to handbell camp repair artist to a single bell needing a replacement part.

During the 10 years of Area 8 Festivals, Darby Handbells has been a fixture with an HIC booth, repairing festival bells as necessary as well as offering advice on maintenance of bells when at home.

As a director of the Intergenerational Handbell Camp, we have had Jean maintain bells and fix whatever is necessary as she perused the 6 sets of handbells as well as 4 sets of handchimes used annually during camp.

The King Ringers contracted with Jean Darby to refurbish their 5 octave set a few years ago. And the job was well done.

As needs arise, Jean has always been available for the quick repair or for scheduled maintenance. The bellfixer is just that!

Kipp Willnauer
Music Director

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Doctor of Ding Dongs ~

Healer of Handbells ~

Professor of Polishing ~

Medic of the Melody ~

But you get the picture: Jean Darby has repaired countless handbells and hand chimes for me over the years.  I wouldn’t take my instruments any place else.

Marilyn Lake, Director – Heartland Ringers

Past Chair Area 8 Handbell Musicians of America