Tuning your wind chime by replacing some of the pipes is often a pretty fun thing to do if you are a fan of these instruments. This is not hard to do, even for absolute beginners, and we will guide you through the process in just a short amount of time.
In this article, you will learn how to make deep tone wind chimes, commonly known as baritone wind chimes.
They are characterized by the low-frequency, smooth sounds they make and are perfect for calm environments.
How to Make Deep Tone Wind Chimes
Deep tone wind chimes aren't much different than the regular ones when it comes to the process of making them. However, there are a few rules you should follow when doing this if you want everything to sound perfectly afterward.
To do this, you can either replace some of the already existing pipes on your wind chime, build a new one from scratch, or just purchase a pre-built wind chime, which is probably the safest option.
We will talk about all of these options in this article, and also explore the process of modifying the chimes using a saw.
Choosing the Right Type of Pipe
When looking to make a wind chime with a deep tone, you should be very careful while looking at the features of the pipes. The same thing applies when purchasing a complete wind chime from a shop.
The most important things to look out for are the materials the pipes were made of, and their dimensions and shapes, as they both play a significant role in the frequency of the sound a wind chime makes.
There are so many variations of wind chime pipes that the possibilities are downright infinite. Experimenting with different shapes, sizes, and dimensions will show you just how many combinations there are, as well as how much difference can one small modification make to the whole setup.
There are two main variations of wind chimes: tubes (pipes) and rods. The difference between these two is that tubes are hollow, while rods are solid. The sound that tubes produce lasts longer and is a bit lower in frequency, while the rod sounds are much sharper and modern.
If you want to create a deep tone wind chime, you should always look for pipes. As mentioned, these are known to deliver low-frequency sounds, which is what we are after if we want a baritone wind chime.
When it comes to dimensions, the length and the thickness of the wind chimes are both equally important. You'd be surprised at what a massive difference in sound happens if you cut a chime so that it's just a few centimeters shorter.
Making a deep tone wind chime gets a lot easier once you know about these rules. You should aim for the pipes to be shorter, but not too short since that will make them sound bad and will take away any melody from the instrument. You can either cut your pipes using a saw to make the sound a bit deeper or purchase a tube that is already cut to the appropriate length.
The diameter factor of this is a bit more tricky since you can't really alter the thickness of the pipe with any conventional tools. Of course, this is possible if you consider yourself to be an adept craftsman.
The larger the diameter of the pipe, compared to its length, the sound will be much more profound. The reverse rule applies to the inside diameter of the hollow part of the tube. The pipe with a hole inside being smaller will produce deeper tones than the ones with larger diameter openings.
Again, you cannot effectively modify this without some professional tools and knowledge, so we recommend looking to purchase a pipe with the appropriate thickness, and then adjusting the length once you're home.
There are a plethora of materials that you can use when creating wind chimes. Naturally, metals will create much sharper and louder sounds, so we recommend going for wooden or glass chimes for a low tone version of the instrument.
Some high-quality glass will be the best choice, although this is the more expensive route. If you want to choose metals, then avoid aluminum and steel, and go for more softer ones, like copper.
Modifying your wind chime is an easy task, yet doing so properly to create just the right sound might be complicated. However, with the correct information at your disposal, this task can also be completed quickly, while remaining fun and enjoyable at the same time.
In this article, we have shown you how to make deep tone wind chimes by interchanging the actual chimes. We recommend picking tubes instead of rods and going for shorter ones that are thicker. Also, look for ones made out of glass, wood, or softer metals.