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Woodstock Chimes Tibetan Prayer Windchime
The Tibetan Prayer Chime is tuned to the musical theme commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall. At Carnegie Hall, composer Toru Takemitsu's work, From Me Flows What You Call Time, featured 2 large custom sets of Woodstock Chimes suspended above the audience and activated by colored ribbons that extend to the performers on stage. These ribbons represent the colors of Tibetan prayer flags. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this chime will be donated to Tibet House US to support their goal of preserving Tibetan culture.
Woodstock Chimes are the original, musically-tuned, high-quality windchimes known worldwide for their superior sound. When listening to a Woodstock Chime, you hear a fine musical instrument played by the wind, perfectly hand-tuned using the ancient system of “just intonation” based on natural harmonics. This means the frequencies at which the different tubes vibrate are related to one another by simple whole-number ratios. Tones that are related in this way produce the most beautiful musical intervals. The sonic effect is exceptionally pure and soothing.
More than 30 years ago, the first Woodstock Chime was created by founder and owner Garry Kvistad from an aluminum lawn chair he found in a landfill. As a professional musician and instrument designer, he was fascinated by the Scales of Olympos, a 7th century pentatonic scale that can’t be played on a modern piano. Garry had the idea to cut and tune the lawn chair tubes to the exact frequency of the ancient scale. The resulting Chimes of Olympos was the first Woodstock Chime and is still one of our bestselling windchimes. Garry and his wife Diane founded Woodstock Percussion, Inc. in 1979 and it remains a family-owned business in New York’s Hudson Valley.
This enchanting bronze-color wind chime is tuned to 5 notes that make up the principal motif of a work by the great japanese composer toru takemitsu
5 Bronze-colored aluminum tubes; cherry wood top, clapper and wind catcher; durable, braided nylon cord
Medium-sized, classic-style chime provides soothing and meditative tones for your yard or garden
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this chime benefit the tibet house of new york, an organization dedicated to preserving tibetan culture
Measures 25.5-inches overall length; 19.5-inches from the top wooden piece to the bottom of the wind catcher; longest tube is 14-inches
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39 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Deeper tones than the usual chime.Mar 07, 2001
By Sloper Dude
I bought this chime for my sister's new house. She loves it, and to me it makes a more calming sound than most wind chimes do. I'm not trying to make a value judgment here, just tell you what you're getting.
The average wind chime has much smaller diameter and shorter tubes, with a high-pitched tone. Because most chimes are also lighter, the chimes more easily touch each other, and so chime more often than this one does.
The Tibetan chimes have a deeper tone, which is very soft as well. I couldn't hear them as well as most chimes through the wall of the house. It is clanged by a wooden clapper about halfway up the length of the chimes, driven by a small wood triangle weight below the chimes, attached to the same string. I have noticed that because of its design, it does not chime nearly as much as it might have with a better weight, especially in light winds. The triangle weight seems to spin around as much as it pulls the clanger into the chimes. All the materials are very good, and I expect it will last for years.
I've got to say, the florid verbiage in Amazon's and the manufacturer's reviews seem a bit much. Perhaps some people think of Japan's great wind-chime master when they hear a chime, but I just think they sound relaxing, which is reason enough to have one. I understand that dramatizing the ad copy is good marketing, but please.
27 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Great sound... but......Jul 21, 2001
it rarely chimes... that is, unless there is a gale force wind. The sound is beautiful, and has wonderful rich tones that resonates long after the chime has been struck. My only complaint is the frequency of the "chiming". Light, even moderate winds barely get the clapper into motion, and unless its a very windy day, or before a storm (which you dont want to be outside anyhow) it rarely makes it voice heard.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
WoodStock Tibetian Prayer Wind Chimes...Jun 11, 2001
I bought this chime set and have enjoyed it greatly! As a result of my enjoyment, I've also given several WoodStock chime sets to friends and family to share the joy. The reason I rate 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because this particular chime set requires a heavier breeze than the others to get it to chime but I have no regrets and recommend it highly.
15 of 18 found the following review helpful:
The Japanese ComposerMay 25, 2001
By Ariel Meadow Stallings
"Author, Offbeat Bride"
Just a comment on Jeff's customer review. In my editorial review of the Windchime, I identified the windchime as "inspired by the work of famous Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu" because it is. It's not that the sounds reminded *me* of Takemitsu (it sounded like, well, a WINDCHIME to me!), but that the notes were specifically chosen by Woodstock Percussion to honor Takemitsu's work.
I do indeed write floridly (since I write many of the Outdoor Living reviews "florid" seems appropriate, if you'll excuse my pun), but in the case Takemitsu I was simply stating the facts, ma'am. Er, sir. ;)
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Peace like a riverAug 23, 2007
By James D. Stambaugh
Woodstock offers the finest collection of tuned chimes that are readily available and there is somthing for every taste. You can test a sample before buying which is very helpful. I love chimes but have a touchy nervous system as I've grown older. The tibetan chime fills the bill perfectly. It is neither too tinkly high or too clangy low but just beautiful sonorous middle tones. Because of it's construction it also does not sound constantly which I do not like in a chime. And it's softest sounds are the very best. It is totally soothing and painless to hang ( just be aware you do need a good breeze once in awhile ).
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