INTRODUCTION: These wind chimes are hand made one at a time in Austin TX, tuned to Just Intonation for harmonic purity, and pitched to Concert A448 for compatible resonance with the pulse of the Earth and Moon. They are hand signed by the Artist on the wind catcher along with the name and notes.
UNPACKING: Your wind chimes are completely assembled, ready to hang. Save the box in case of return.
INITIAL SETUP: After hanging, make sure the tubes are straight. Sometimes the internal suspension pins get a little cocked to one side while in the box. Use a finger or pencil to dislodge them if necessary, from inside the tube. The lower pendulum cord is protected from abrasion against the metal tubes by an aluminum cord guard, and held in place with a keeper pin at the top.
BREAK-IN PERIOD: As the wind chime receives action, the edges of the clapper will smooth and harden a bit for a more solid attack against the tubes. The surface of the tubes themselves will experience some conditioning, contributing also to an increase in volume and clarity. This time period will vary according to how much action the wind chime receives, and to the intensity of that action.
HANGING INSIDE: For indoors, a small fan may be used to activate the chimes. As a feng shui enhancement they may be placed near doorways and windows for incoming breezes and to allow visitors to brush against them. One option is to tie a string from the wind catcher to a door. If you are not able to enjoy the wind chimes outside because of weather conditions or space availability, hang them inside! Mount from a sturdy wall bracket, sturdy lag screw hook, or screw eye or eye-bolt with S-hooks or spring snaps.
HANGING OUTSIDE: Start with a location of your first choice. With a partner, one person may walk around the target area carrying and ringing the chime, while the other listens from the vantage point. Pay attention to the wind by feeling with the palms in the air. Just a few feet can make a considerable difference. Experiment with different locations and heights while considering the prevailing wind direction. Winds are generally stronger in unrestricted breezeways, open areas, corner eaves, and as the height from the ground increases. Suspend securely and directly from a strong lag screw hook or wall bracket at least 1-2 feet from any wall or object. For a more secure installation, lag screw eyes and eye-bolts may be employed in combination with S-hooks or spring snaps. Bird feeder suppliers offer deck mounts and other solutions. Another option includes extra sturdy shepherd’s poles placed in open areas where there is usually more wind. Do not hang from a nail, the side of an eave, a weak support or branch, or above any area of activity or property that can be damaged or injured from a fall. Hanging from ropes and tree limbs can cause a pendulum effect upon the entire assembly, resulting in less musical action.
AS A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Not only may these wind chimes be played by the wind or a fan, but they may be played by humans as well. Stand close to them, and ring them gently by the wind catcher to experience the enveloping proximity effect. Position yourself in between two compatible sets of wind chimes while they wash over you in a magical stereo/3D field.
ACOUSTICS: Sound travels with the wind. Acoustics of a space may either amplify, absorb, or diffuse the sound. Walls, awnings, porches, and other enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces will tend to amplify sound, while open spaces will diffuse the sound. Trees and shrubbery will absorb sound and break the wind.
WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS: These wind chimes are designed to work in gentle to moderate breezes. A steady ambient wind speed of 3 mph measured at the location of the wind catcher is enough to activate them, 5 mph is ideal, and the recommended maximum is 15 mph, at which speed the clapper will start to blow outside the pipes. Don't rely on weather reports for wind speed. These reports are usually generated from weather stations at airports where there are no obstructions to the wind, and measured 30 feet from the ground where the wind is more stable. A hand held wind meter at the location of the wind catcher provides an accurate measurement. If too much or not enough wind, then relocate, using common sense and discretion. They should be taken down during, or relocated away from, strong winds, snow and ice conditions, and other turbulence. Please realize that these chimes are much heavier than aluminum chimes of comparable size and will not react the same to light swirly breezes.
NEIGHBORS: Please be considerate to your neighbors! Some do not like wind chimes and may vandalize them.
COMPATIBILITY: Consider the proximity to other brand wind chimes that may not sound well together musically. 50 feet of separation is usually enough.
CLEANING: For periodic cleaning you may use mild dish soap and water with a soft rag. Occasionally check inside the tubes for spiders, wasps, and debris.