Sunday, March 11, 2012

Woodstock Chimes Ruby Throated Hummingbird Windchime

Woodstock Chimes
Woodstock Chimes Ruby Throated Hummingbird Windchime
by Woodstock Chimes
4.2 out of 5 stars(8)

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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 computer-tuned wind chimes. Made in the USA from nonendangered hardwoods, these chimes feature a charming painted hummingbird and aluminum tubing and are treated to endure season after season of outdoor use. 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. 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 some harmony to your yard or garden while contributing to the harmony of the earth.

Add a colorful accent to your patio or garden. This chime’s light and airy tones ring out in even a gentle breeze, and its diminutive size means you can hang it just about anywhere. The hand-painted hummingbird windcatcher hovers below 4 silver colored tubes. The hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. Its wings beat 56.8 times per second, vibrating the air, and creating the distinctive hum the birds are known for. A must-have for any bird lover.

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.

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