The 10 Best Wind Chimes
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Your wind chimes’ sound will be controlled primarily by two things, the pitch and the tambour. The pitch is determined by the length of the tubes or other items being strung together. The tambour, or voice, of your wind chimes will depend on the material it is made from. First, we will look at the materials and their effect on tambour and durability and then we will focus on the pitch created by the size of the pipes or other items.
There are a large variety of materials that can be used to create the inharmonic sounds of a wind chime. While metal and bamboo are the most common and popular, you can also find glass, pottery, shell, stone, and beads. A closer look at the effect the material has on tambour and durability will help you discover the best wind chimes for you.
Wind chimes made of metal are the most popular because of high durability and tunability. Only metal wind chimes can be tuned to specific notes or even to specific melodies. Weather-proof and rust-resistant, you will not have to worry about these wind chimes losing their beauty, either visually or audibly. Wind chime metal is usually aluminum, steel, or brass. This kind of wind chime is best suited to those looking for melodious sounds or even the sound of their favorite tune.
Not as durable as metal wind chimes, bamboo wind chimes can split, particularly if left out in the rain. However, this has little effect on the soft, soothing sounds created by bamboo. Deep and resonant, bamboo wind chimes cannot be tuned. All the same, they can be made to imitate exotic drums or rain. If you are looking for an environmentally-friendly and natural-sounding wind chime, this is your best choice.
The tinkling of a glass wind chime can be very soothing to all who are near. On the other hand, these wind chimes can break easily in a storm or if not hung properly. Glass wind chimes can be found in a variety of colors and themes because the material is very easy to color and mold during the blowing process. Best suited to people who enjoy the sound of crystal goblets, glass wind chimes are beautiful and colorful additions to anyone’s porch or garden.
If you like the beach, shell wind chimes will definitely be the best choice for you. The sound is reminiscent of the tide dragging shells through the sand and is very soft and light. Furthermore, this is a great environmentally-friendly alternative to bamboo. Due to their nature, shells are more durable and will not break or split in storms. They cannot be tuned, but their inharmonic clinking will be a happy reminder of a day at the beach.
When shopping for a wind chime, you should consider the size of the rods or objects. This will determine the pitch of the notes your wind chime plays. The longer the rod or larger the object, the deeper the note will sound, while shorter rods and smaller objects make higher pitched notes. Thus, if you wish a high-pitched tinkling, choose a wind chime with smaller, shorter rods or little objects like beads. On the other hand, if you want low bass notes, select a wind chime with longer rods or larger objects.
Hanging Your Wind chime
You may think hanging a wind chime is a simple matter. However, there are many steps to properly hanging wind chimes. First, you will need to figure out where to place the sound-maker. Choose a location away from walls and other wind obstructers, such as screens, plants, or latticework. The location you choose should be one that gets a gentle breeze on most days. Next, you should gather your supplies. You will need a sturdy stepladder, a hook, a drill with a narrow bit, and pliers. Drill a shallow pilot hole into the post or ceiling where you are going to install the wind chime. Install the hook into the place where you started the hole, using pliers to turn it clockwise to thread it into the hole. Be careful to maintain a straight and level threading. Slip the wind chime’s loop over the hook and spread the rods out a bit to ensure they have room to swing without hitting anything nearby. Leave the chimes there for a few days and listen to them to ensure you are happy with their placement.
Wind chimes can make an environment relaxing and peaceful. However, not every wind chime is right for everyone. There is a huge variety of wind chimes available for sale and choosing the right wind chime can make the difference between being relaxed and being annoyed. In addition, the placement of your wind chime will make a big difference in how much and what quality of sound is produced. By reading this guide, you will have an easier time selecting the right wind chime for you.
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