Re: bell sound samples (from DIY bells)
That's quite some home studio you have going there, Arky. Love the photos - fascinating and aesthetically pleasing all at once. Great stuff.
Lovely crisp recording of the samples ...
1c reminded me of a triangle
3b has a lovely, exotic sound
9a is a bit of a trip :)
In general I thought the "b approach" brought the best out of the bells (hitting them half-way on the bow and with the shoulder of the stick).
I went through a similar exercise, creating samples with a small metal cast of Buddha that was around the house - lovely tone when you tapped it, not miles from your #1a ... and it sounded a bit like 1b when he was struck on the head :)
I found it responded nicely to hard mallets and I expect your bells would too.