Well rung hand-bells are a truly delightful sound, which I don't get to experience half often enough. I once had the job of specifying all the ancillary fittings for a multi-purpose building that was to be used for part of the time as a Christian church, and I included a small peel of bells, specifying that they had to come from the Whitechapel foundry. Pity it was axed in a sweep of cost saving.
Yes, I was speaking in terms of hand bells and such - I know (not
from experience) the methods you talk about, and some giant bells
aren’t moved at all, just formed, left in one place, and poured. I
made some bells about 3" tall (essentially the Liberty Bell in look) -
Lost wax casting- Yes, that was my drift…