There are few things more calming than relaxing around your home in the afternoon listening to the sounds around you. This is especially true on a warm day outside. One of the sounds that may make you even more relaxed is the deep tones coming from wind chimes. These make audible soothing noises when they are moved by the breeze.
Deep tone wind chimes are decorative hanging ornaments placed somewhere outdoors near the home where they are most likely to be affected by the wind. When winds and breezes blow against the bamboo or aluminum chimes, the materials bounce together to produce pleasing melodies.
The uniquely interesting thing about wind chimes is that the music or sounds they create are based upon the shape of the chimes and how the wind blows them. The wind chime maker can use different materials to make them sound a certain way. Read on to learn all there is to know about deep tone wind chimes and their relaxing qualities.
Why Deep Tone Wind Chimes?
The sound generated from deep tone wind chimes is seemingly more relaxing than the tones made from other types of wind chimes. Deep tone wind chimes create low-frequency sounds and music, which some people consider relaxing and are perfect for an environment in which you want to relax.
These would be a common sight at spa retreats, outdoor porches, and nature walkways, for example.
Deep tone wind chimes have the same makeup as regular wind chimes, but the material used in its production along with the design allows them to produce deeper resonating tones when caressed by breezes. The wind chimes are typically designed using different materials, such as wood, metal, and glass.
Deep Tone Wood Chime Materials
The common materials for deep tone wind chimes include wood, metal, and glass. These three materials produce melodies with deeper, resonating tones than the materials that make up higher-toned wind chimes.
Wood can be used to produce a wind chime and produce deeper and more resonant notes depending on its thickness and length. Shorter wooden tubes create deeper, longer-lasting tones, which add to the wind chime.
While wood can make the desired deep sound, the drawback is the durability of it. Wood tends to degrade over time which will cause the sound the chime creates to alter.
Metal also provides a soothing deep resonating tone if it is engineered properly. The shorter and denser the material, the deeper the noise it creates. Different types of metal can be used in creating the deep tone wind chime, such as:
Each of the above metals is perfect for deeper, longer-lasting tones. However, the pricing for each varies depending on the market. Metals like copper and brass could be priced higher than steel and harder to find.
Metal deep tone chimes tend to last longer than that of any other material. Metal does not degrade as quickly, which will ensure that the deeper-sounding tones your wind chime creates will last longer.
Most glass does not produce deeper tones unless it is engineered properly. For glass to produce the desired deep tone, it must have proper thickness.
The glass used for a deep tone wind chime will not last as long as metal but will last longer than that of a wooden one. Like any other material, glass degrades over time, but the degradation is slower than that of a wooden wind chime.
As noted above, the deeper sounds depend on the material used to create the wind chime and the design of the material. The sound varies depending on:
Below, we’ll go over how these factors impact the tone and sound the wind chime makes.
Typically, the shorter the tube or rod in the wind chime, the deeper the tone you will get when the wind pushes against it. The rod or tube’s length will depend on what type of sound you want the windchime to create.
If you are purchasing a wind chime in a store, you will be able to play around with the chimes inside to determine if the sound created is suitable for you. However, if you are purchasing one online from a company like Amazon, you will not be able to play around with the wind chime and may be stuck with what you get unless you modify it.
Depending on the material used to make up the windchime, you may shorten the tubes or rods with a saw or other cutting instrument. If this is the case for you, the best advice would be only to cut off a small amount at a time and push the tubes or rods together to determine the sound that it will create when pushed by the wind.
Keep working on your wind chimes until you find the perfect, deep tone that you are seeking. Remember, start short when you are cutting. You do not want to cut off too much as that will affect the quality of the sound that the wind chime produces.
Like the overall length of the rod or tube affects the sound that the windchime creates, so does the material’s thickness. The denser and thicker the material, the deeper and more resonating sound it will create.
Again, if you are purchasing the item from a brick-and-mortar store, you will be able to play with the wind chimes to determine if the sound is right for you. However, if you are making one or purchasing one from an online retailer, you may find that the sound is not to your liking after receiving the order.
The overall thickness of the rod or tube may be adjusted depending on the wind chime’s material makeup. If the material used in the wind chime is glass, altering the thickness of the material will not be likely. However, if the material is metal or wooden, you can alter the thickness with a drill or other item that you can use to penetrate it.
If you are going to alter the thickness of the material used in the wind chime, make sure that you only alter small portions at a time. Altering too much will alter the music created by the wind chime and may not be suitable for you if you do too much.
Making Your Own Deep Tone Wind Chimes
Although there are many choices to choose from when purchasing a deep-tone wind chime, you may want to make one yourself. Although it may seem complicated at first, if you take your time and choose your material carefully, it is not as daunting as one may think.
Research different versions of wind chimes online to determine the look and feel of the one that you are making. Remember that you also need to have a guide in how to make the:
- Top Support Disk
The top support disk holds the chimes from above. The striker is the piece in the middle of the chimes that clangs against them to produce the sounds, and the sail hangs below the chimes to catch the wind, allowing the striker to move against the chimes.
The material used in building your deep tone wind chime is key to getting the desired sound. Metals can be purchased from any hardware store or online, but they may vary greatly in price.
Standard metals like steel will be easier to find and cheaper to purchase, whereas copper and brass may be harder to find and will undoubtedly be more expensive than steel.
Overall, deep-tone wind chimes are great to have if you are looking for a relaxing sound to have outside your home. They are also great to add to any outdoor workspace, such as an office window, as the calming sounds can help get you to find peace and serenity throughout your day.