Modern Handbells are precision instruments cast in an alloy of copper and tin.

Two English founders remain, Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London and John Taylor & Co in Loughborough. Two further manufacturers exist in the USA, Malmark and Schulmerich - each has a UK distributor, Whitechapel Bell Foundry and Belleplates® Ltd respectively.

Alternatives to traditional handbells are chimes (a tubular instrument with the clapper on the outside) such as those manufactured by Malmark, Schulmerich, Suzuki Tone Chimes (educational section) and Belleplates® (a flat, triangular plate with clapper), invented in England by Belleplates® Ltd.