Bell Spinner

Operate spinning lathes to spin and clean musical instrument bells.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bell Spinners do?

Operates spinning lathe to spin and clean musical instrument bells: Bolts bell-shaped mandrel onto lathe and positions and locks bell on mandrel. Starts bell rotating and positions forming tool in holding device. Holds and moves forming tool along bell, applying pressure to form bell to shape of mandrel. Holds cutting tool against spinning bell to trim bell to size. Removes tarnish and scale from bell, using file, chisel, and emery cloth. Holds scraping tool against bell head to remove excess solder. Holds bead tool against bell to roll edge back, forming bead cavity. May burnish bell with burnishing tool. May insert wire into bead cavity and close cavity with bead tool. May be designated according to instrument as Bell Spinner, Sousaphones.

Should I be a Bell Spinner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Bell Spinner, Sousaphones, Spar Cap Beveler

    How to become a Bell Spinner

    Most Bell Spinners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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