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Woodstock Alto Silver Gregorian Chimes- Inspirational Collection
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- This classic-style wind chime, tuned to a medieval scale commonly used in gregorian chant, sounds uplifting, exceptionally rich, and melodious
- 8 Silver-colored aluminum tubes; cherry wood top, clapper and wind catcher; durable, braided nylon cord
- One of a series of 5 precision-tuned wind chimes to enjoy together as a set or individually, this alto chime is middle voice in the gregorian series
- Other wind chimes in the gregorian series are the little gregorian, gregorian soprano, gregorian tenor, and gregorian baritone
- Measures 27.5-inches overall length; 21-inches from the top wooden piece to the bottom of the wind catcher; longest tube is 13.5-inches
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|Item Dimensions||29 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||GAS|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
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Immerse yourself in the peaceful patterns of Gregorian chant with this classic-style windchime. Tuned to a medieval scale, it echoes the vocal music of the gothic era sung to accompany meditation in the churches of Europe since the late 8th century. The sound produced by the 8 precision-tuned tubes is soothing, uplifting, and incredibly rich. One of a series of 5 differently sized windchimes tuned to the same scale, the Gregorian Alto Chime harmonizes beautifully with the other Gregorian Chimes. Imagine the sound of all 5 Gregorian Chimes hung outdoors and sounding together with their rich melodies.
Woodstock Chimes are the original, musically-tuned, high-quality windchimes known worldwide for their superior sound. When listening to a Woodstock Chime, you hear a fine musical instrument played by the wind, perfectly hand-tuned using the ancient system of “just intonation” based on natural harmonics. This means the frequencies at which the different tubes vibrate are related to one another by simple whole-number ratios. Tones that are related in this way produce the most beautiful musical intervals. The sonic effect is exceptionally pure and soothing.
More than 30 years ago, the first Woodstock Chime was created by founder and owner Garry Kvistad from an aluminum lawn chair he found in a landfill. As a professional musician and instrument designer, he was fascinated by the Scales of Olympos, a 7th century pentatonic scale that can’t be played on a modern piano. Garry had the idea to cut and tune the lawn chair tubes to the exact frequency of the ancient scale. The resulting Chimes of Olympos was the first Woodstock Chime and is still one of our bestselling windchimes. Garry and his wife Diane founded Woodstock Percussion, Inc. in 1979 and it remains a family-owned business in New York’s Hudson Valley.
The sounds of nature are sweet, but the music of chirping birds, chattering squirrels, and rustling leaves is even sweeter when accompanied by Woodstock's Gregorian alto computer-tuned wind chimes. These silver chimes play medieval alto notes inspired by the Gregorian chants of Europe. Company founder Garry Kvistad has developed an advanced method of tuning used on every Woodstock chime: each tube is analyzed digitally with a microphone under the tube measuring the frequency, and cutters are instructed to remove just the right amount of material to produce the most precise tuning possible. The result is a purer, more harmonious sound. All Woodstock wind chimes are from nonendangered hardwoods treated to endure season after season of outdoor use. Woodstock prides itself on being a socially responsible company, explaining that "through the sale of our chimes we proudly support the arts, as well as many environmental and humanitarian causes." Add a hint of Gregorian mystery to your yard or garden while contributing to the harmony of the earth. --Ariel Meadow Stallings
Top customer reviews
The chime is absolutely magnificent in tone and tune. It requires a far slighter breeze than my other chimes and has a stream of notes that is extraordinarily pleasant. It make sitting on our deck a transcendent experience. As I leave the house or come home from work, the sound of this chime is automatically relaxing. I'd rate this product 5 stars but for the country of origin issue.
We have had many chimes over the years, and this brand is by far the best we've had.
The Gregorian Alto chimes themselves, are beautiful. They have a great sound. They are pretty loud too. Since we added them to the porch, we can hear chimes all day it seems. My mom loves it. She said she lays in her room sometimes and can hear it from the other side of the house. These Alto chimes are louder than the medium ones we bought.
I would say if you're looking for good quality chimes that aren't crazy expensive, then the woodstock brand is the way to go. I will never buy a different brand. I highly suggest these! And if you're curious about the sound each one has, google the name of the chime and you can listen to them on youtube. Though, they all sound beautiful.
1. very pleasant and crisp sound
2. good size
1. the top metal ring attaching the strings together is not smooth (over past 6 months, it cut the string...)
This a windchime made to fail! If you get this, make sure to do something to protect the string by the ring so it does not break from rubbing on it.