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The Sound of Relaxation: Today's Windchimes

Today's tuned wind chimes come in many sizes and designs.  Wind chime craftsmen use various materials and metals to create them, relying on carefully formulated designs to achieve the most harmonious sound possible. This magic formula exploits the benefits of perfectly-tuned sounds that are both therapeutic and relaxing.  Nearly gone are the annoying clang and clink of yesteryear's cheap out-of-tune wind chimes that create negative energy flow and irritate neighbors. The best sounding wind chimes made today are tuned using the pentatonic scale.  

Blues and folk musicians, Eastern cultures, and many others prefer the pentatonic scale for its harmonious versatility and 'compatibleness' tonality.  When the air current captures the tuned pipes, each note made is compatible to the others; each "song" unique and captivating.  Different lengths of pipe are used to create baritone, alto, tenor, or soprano tones. Some are reminiscent of church bells; romantic, soothing, and haunting.

The key to the tone created by the striker or clapper when it hits the pipe is in the contact point.  Points of contact on the pipe called "anti-nodes" vibrate most and produce a fuller sound, free from tinny-sounding after-notes.  Crafters of quality perfectly-tuned wind chimes take advantage of this scientific factor.  They produce a product not only pleasing to the eye, but pleasant to the ear as well.  Today's conscientious consumer has a variety of models, sizes, and price ranges from which to select.  Wind chimes are made from various woods, metals, and other materials to appease any taste and to compliment any surrounding.

You can enhance your home decor by selecting a wind chime that produces the note range you prefer.  Some people like combining the benefits of two different sets of wind chimes, blending the lower tones of one with a lighter melody of another. When used alongside an indoor floor or table top waterfall or fountain, the ambiance of the room becomes peaceful and calming to frazzled nerves.  Chimes with small diameter pipes produce a higher octave, and best complement the sounds made by water.  Family rooms, dens, foyers, or a cozy corner of the bedroom are especially enhanced by the creative use of wind chimes.