Corinthian Bells and Woodstock Wind Chimes the Pitch Perfect Harmony and Serenity

Published: 21st February 2012
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Corinthian bells are one of the most well known types of windchime along with Woodstock windchimes. The Corinthian bells are very distinctive in both look and sound which one instantly distinguishes from other types of wind chimes.

Corinthian Bells have a deeper tone than other wind chimes and they seem to resonate through your being when you hear them. When you get closer to the Corinthian Bell Windchime you will feel the movement within your body, people seem to feel the sensation around their heart or head mostly. Maybe this is because the frequency of the wind chimes are in tune with certain area’s of the body on certain individuals.

Corinthian Bells are large wind chimes and people rarely have them indoors due to the size but there is no reason not to. Outside however is where the Corinthian Bells can give you a real sense of atmosphere and occasion. They are an imposing harmonious instrument that you can feel when you get close to them. You must ensure you check thoroughly the strength of the area you will be hanging them as they can be very weighty and if hung incorrectly can easily be too heavy for a tree branch or hook.

Some can be also very attractive to look at in various colours but to achieve a classic look they are usually one colour throughout the design to give a sense of uniformity. The plainer Corinthian Bells may not have the details and beauty of other windchimes but the sound quality is what you are getting. They will be handcrafted, balanced pitch perfect and be made to give a long high resonance sound that is harmonious with the attention to detail being in the assembly of the wind chime. As they are an outdoor item, the materials are usually hardened to outdoor weather and have a chip resistance quality.

A Corinthian Bells classic design has a circular top hanging six tubes down tuned to a specific key from a musical scale. The circular gong in the middle knocks against the tubes hanging around them to create the sound whilst a flat circle hangs at the bottom to catch the wind. Corinthian Bells do tend to be the most powerful of the windchimes and are not for those with fussy neighbours, they will notice them.

The Chimes of Olympus were created in 1979 by Garry Kvistad which was a massive turning point in Windchime history, the quality of the sound and pitch harmonies were inspired by the ancient Greek pentatonic scale, which is why Woodstock’s tend to have 5 tubes rather than 6. He set the new standard in windchimes by creating something of a high quality in terms of sound harmony and from there this spread to the new age of windchimes.

Woodstock Windchimes all adhere to this original Kvistad design and obviously the sound he created too, however this can be manufactured in several materials. The basic design is always roughly the same though, a circular top hanging 5 tubes downwards with a ball used as a gong with a square hanging at the bottom to catch the wind and create the sound.

The sound is slightly less intensive than a Corinthian Bell, just a little bit lighter for those who do not necessarily need to feel the noise. Woodstock windchimes as a brand have expended into using several materials and semi precious stones and even made chimes with 6 and 4 tubes. They still carry with them the sense of perfection and tonal harmony of the original creation, a real quality windchime.
Harry is a freelance architect with several years of experience in the field. His experience has made him one of the major project leaders in several areas including landscape gardening.

Harrys uses his short residence in japan as inspiration in his work, making the beauty of strange ornaments such as wind chimes into the key focus of the garden space. For further information on any of the topics raised in the article please visit The Wind Chime Shop.


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