Music of the Spheres wind chimes are more than pretty decorations or toys. These hand tuned wind chimes are high-quality musical instruments designed by Larry Roark, a classically trained musician, artist, and craftsman. With more than 50 different models available, you can find the perfect sound to bring music into your home and daily life. You can even combine multiple sets of wind chimes for rich, complex ensembles. Read on for more information about these unique instruments.
These handcrafted wind chimes are made of top-quality, long-lasting materials that are made to endure rain and wind. The small wind chimes come with a seven-year warranty, while the large wind chimes are guaranteed for 15 years. All of the wind chimes consist of the following parts:
A set of six tubes in varying lengths – The tempered aluminum-alloy tubes with a rust-proof finish guarantee that the wind chimes are suitable for outdoor use in any weather. They are tuned to the standard orchestral pitch of A=440 Hz.
A steel ring – The tubes hang from a ring made of heavy-duty stainless steel, which is a corrosion-resistant metal.
A braided cord – The strong, synthetic braided cord that holds the chimes together is resistant to UV light, and it can’t be easily abraded.
A clapper – This is the piece that hangs in the middle of the tubes and strikes them, like a bell’s clapper. The polyethylene clapper is also durable and weather-resistant.
A windcatcher – The windcatcher is a flat piece of metal, made of the same rust-resistant aluminum alloy as the tubes, that catches the wind and moves the clapper to strike the tubes. It can also be retracted up into the tube assembly or removed altogether if weather conditions are too windy.
Sizes And Sounds
The wind chimes come in five different sizes that are available in all tuning combinations. From highest to lowest pitch, the sizes are soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. There are also contra bass and basso profundo models that are just made in one tuning. Each size has a distinct voice, and in choosing handmade wind chimes for your home, you’ll want to consider qualities of sound like pitch, overtones, attack, decay, and sustain.
The pitch of a note is the frequency of the sound wave it produces. The smallest chimes (soprano) have the highest pitch, while the largest chimes (bass) have the lowest.
Overtones are other tones besides the basic, identifiable tone produced when the clapper strikes a tube. The soprano chimes produce the fewest overtones, and the bass chimes produce the most.
The smallest wind chimes have the sharpest attack, which is the initial sound of a note. Larger chimes are less crisp and more dull than smaller ones.
Immediately after the attack, a note starts to decay, or fade. The notes made by the smallest chimes decay much more rapidly than those of the largest chimes.
Another characteristic of a tone is how long it is sustained after the attack. The smallest chimes have relatively little sustain, while the notes of the larger wind chimes will linger.
In other words, for clear, bright, high-pitched tones, choose soprano, mezzo-soprano or alto chimes. For a deeper, more resonant notes, choose tenor, bass, contra bass or basso profundo. Bear in mind that the lower-pitched wind chimes are significantly larger than higher-pitched ones, so if you purchase a set of bass chimes, for example, you’ll need to make sure to suspend them from a structure and hook that can bear the weight.
Each set of handmade wind chimes for sale is available in eleven different tunings that use six notes, one for each chime. In addition, the Westminster chimes play the melody of Big Ben, the famous clock in London. If you purchase two wind chimes with different tunings, you can create a distinct ensemble effect.
Several of the tunings are based on the pentatonic, or five-note, scale. The Pentatonic tuning follows the black keys of the piano. The Chinese tuning is based on the same five-note scale, but with the notes in reverse. Many customers consider these wind chimes to have the sweetest sound. The Mongolian tuning is another pentatonic tuning that will make you think of bells ringing in a temple.
The Quartal and Nashville tunings are based on a major scale. The Quartal tuning uses open-sounding fourth, fifth and octave intervals, while Nashville is inspired by the country music sound, incorporating major sevenths and ninths. Note that the two lowest wind chimes are made in Quartal tuning only.
Several of the tunings have an exotic sound. In the Hawaiian tuning, you can hear both major and minor notes in a pentatonic scale. The Balinese tuning is based on the scale of the gamelon, a traditional instrument of Indonesia. The Gyspy tuning evokes a North African or middle eastern ambiance.
Other tunings include Japanese, which is based on a minor scale; Whole-tone, which is a six-tone scale with each note one whole tone apart from the next; and Aquarian, an original composition by creator Larry Roark that evokes a gentle, peaceful stream.
You can experiment with different combinations to find the most pleasing sounds. Some of the recommended ensembles include Chinese, Balinese and Gypsy; Japanese and Gypsy; and Hawaiian and Pentatonic. If you take advantage of the music of the spheres wind chimes sale going on now, you can order the best sounding wind chimes for a great price.