Windchimes, with their soothing sound and graceful movement, have become essential indoor and outdoor home accessories. Nearly supercenter or home and garden store offers a large selection of windchimes. The sounds of these mass-produced items, however, are very different from the tones you’ll get from wind chimes tuned by hand.
Tuned wind chimes are handcrafted from the finest aluminum or steel. Each chime’s sound correlates with its size. The smallest handmade windchimes produce high, soprano tones; the largest resound with rich, deep bass notes. Buy windchimes sized to fit their setting. Hang small ones indoors where breezes from open windows will fill your room with music through the day. Place large ones outdoors where passers-by can admire their music.
Each wind chime set contains six or eight individual chimes producing a range of harmonic notes. Wind chimes tuned to the pentatonic scale provide all the notes used in the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Chimes with quartal scale tuning mimic the symphonies of American composer Aaron Copeland. Music of the Spheres wind chimes, from TheBestofChimes.com, offer these and eight other tuning selections. Sizes range from 30-inch Soprano to 14-foot Basso Profundo chimes.
These highly precise musical instruments are outstanding gifts, especially for gardeners. Add a caring touch with an engraved message on a personalized wind chime. It will stir happy memories in the recipient whenever the breezes stir the wind chimes to life.