Deep, dark, solemn, metallic, resounding, wafting, rich in overtones, vibrating, lustrous, distant, dull, mellow, resonant.
The low bell plates sound more like church bells than tubular bells do, they create a more authentic impression. High bell plates are as far away from the sound of church bells as tubular bells are.
The sound of bell plates is distinct from that of tubular bells.
The sound of bell plates depends on the striking spot and the choice of mallet.