Magazine article Sunset

What to Listen for in Wind Chimes

Magazine article Sunset

What to Listen for in Wind Chimes

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HAT IS THE SOUND OF A summer breeze? It depends on the wind chimes. You need to know what sort of tone you will get before you buy a particular chime or bell for your porch or patio.

Are some wind chimes or wind-bells easier on the eor than others? "As far as tone goes, what you prefer is what you should get," says Mike Throne, president of QMT Associates, manufacturer of Arias Windchimes, which are graduated tubular bell sets. "Don't get caught up in high or low tones or the exotics of the scales; if it sounds good to you, it sounds good. To test bell sets, wait until the store is quiet, then hit each tube with the clapper and listen to it resonate.

Good bells hum awhile; they don't clunk. And look for durable finished materials like anodized aluminum so your bells will both sound and look good after a few years." Call (800) 345-2530 for the name of a store near you that carries Arias Windchimes. Similar advice holds for nontubular bells. "Most folks favor the deeper-toned bells," says Chris Ohlinger, general manager of Cosanti Originals in Scottsdale, Arizona, makers of the well-known castbronze Soleri wind-bells. …

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