Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What Chime Part Am I?


The abundant choice for wind chime materials is unbelievable. Although there are many styles & materials to choose, all have the basic components that make them up. Whether you want to purchase or make your own chimes you need to consider the “final musical sound” that your wind chime will produce.

As I said all have petty much the same components to complete the final product. I would like to explain the name & function of the components just in case you want to create or repair a chime.

Starting from the top down:
Hanging ring; Found at the top of wind chimes. Yes you bet, to hang the chimes. Some can be placed on a hook with ease or you might need to modify with wire or string to hang from oh say a tree branch.

String, chain and others; This is the materials used to link all the parts together. Different styles & tone will require different products. More then likely it is the same through out the whole wind chime, but one might get crafty and mix it up a bit!

Cap or top; This is the next part of the chime before all the tubes. The tubes of the wind chimes are connected to this piece. They can be metal, wood, an old pan lid, a board, you get the idea. Once again all it’s about the style of the chime.

Tubes; The heart & sole of the chimes! The number of tubes that chimes have determines the number of notes a chime can play. The more tubes the more sound that can be played. These tubes vary in length, diameter and placement on the cap. Different material types also produce different tones. Bamboo, metal, copper make up some of the tube options available. This helps to make a chime not only aesthetically pleasing, but they offer a range of soothing tones to relax to.

Striker or clapper; Without this very important part your chime would not chime. Well maybe in high winds you would get some kind of noise. Anyway the striker or clapper is mounted to the center of the cap tucked in behind all those tubes. It is placed at a level so the slightest movement will cause it to gently bounce off all the tubes and make peaceful music.

Wind sail; And last but not least the wind sail is found hanging under the clapper and well below the tubes. Its job is to get the action going! With the wind catching the sail it puts the whole chime in motion to work in harmony and play the music. As it moves the clapper moves which in turn moves off the tubes and you have magical sounds.

We at Chimes & Birds hope this has been a helpful article for you. Remember that a wind chime will last for many years with proper placement & care. www.ChimesAndBirds.com offers a large selection of top-quality wind chimes to choose from. Unfortunately at this time we do not offer replacement parts such as strings. A couple of reasons are that manufactures don’t make the string available for consumers. Also the placement of the string to the chime components is very important for proper sound. It would be unfair to our customers to leave them with a less then adequate sound from their wind chimes.

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