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What to Look for in a Wind Chime

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Wondering what to look for in a wind chime? Here's a look at the different components and parts of a wind chime.

First of all, unless it's a solar chime, your wind chime will need wind to create its beautiful song. On average a wind chime will need winds of about 8 miles per hour before it will play. The size of the wind chimes sail or weight (the piece that dangles down past the chimes) will usually determine the force of the breeze needed to activate musical movement. If a sail is too big and heavy it won't easily move- too light and controlled moves will be impossible..

Another important mechanism of a quality wind chime is the clapper. The clapper, like the platform or top, is made out of wood. A polished redwood or cedar is often used. The clapper is the piece that comes into contact with all the chimes and woods that don't easily rot should be used..

The chimes are what create the sound. The more chimes or tubes, the more different notes a wind chime can play. There are usually about six tubes, with more tubes creating more "notes". Another feature that will decide the tone and resonance of the wind chime is the length of the chimes. A longer chime will provide a lower, deeper tone, while shorter tubes create higher pitches. A wind chime with petite chimes will be soprano and bigger, longer chimes are baritone.

What material should the chimes be made of? For the most part, a wind chime is usually made of metal, bamboo, ceramic and glass. Metal wind chimes provide good quality sound and are favored for outdoor use. Brass, steel, copper and aluminum are used. For sound quality, most wind chime experts will choose aluminum.

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