FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can you make [name of song] into a windchime set?
A: Yes. Any combination of notes can be put into a windchime set. Just provide a title and/or artist or send a link to a recording and we can figure out the notes and best combination.
Q: How many notes can be put into a windchime set?
A: We have made sets with as many as 15 notes. More notes are possible but if you are trying to achieve a windchime set that will play a specific song, the fewer chimes it has, the better.
Q: Can you make chimes into notes with nonstandard tuning, i.e. just intonation, historic temperaments or microtonal custom tuning?
A: Any pitch or specific frequency can be achieved within the practical range (C3 to C8). Let me know what you want and I'll do it. By default, I use equal temperament for chimes made into songs and just intonation for specific chords.
Q: What do the numbers after the notes mean on the quote form and tester page (C4, A5, B7 etc.)?
A: These letter and number combinations are referred to as scientific pitch notation. The numbers refer to the octave, or "highness and lowness" of the notes. The higher the number the further up the note's pitch is. C4 is "middle C" on the piano, A0 is the lowest note and C8 is the highest. This external page explains it well if further explanation is needed.
Q: Can you make chimes lower than C3?
A: Can? Yes. Will? No. C3 is the lowest note that can be achieved without the chimes getting massive and impractical for shipment. This is due to the fact that with each lower octave, the chime diameter and length must be increased exponentially in order to achieve an audible fundamental note. A C3 aluminum chime must be 2 1/2" in diameter and 75" long and cost $138 in materials alone. That's already too expensive for most people.
Q: Can I have the sail made into a [fill in the blank] shape?
A: Probably. If it is a shape that is can be cut out of a paper with scissors and does not have many small lines or curves it can be done. Exceptions include a snowflake, a division symbol or a bullseye.
Q: Can the chimes be painted a certain color?
A: I provide the chimes in their natural metal color, copper with patina, or black anodized aluminum. If you want chimes in a different color, the best option would be to order aluminum and have it powder coated. Even industrial strength paint will chip away over time due to the knocker constantly hitting them. I do not offer powder coating because it requires special equipment that I do not yet own.
Q: Can the other wood parts be painted?
A: I provide many wood color options both natural and stained but I do not offer painting as an option.
Q: Do you do engraving on the sail or chimes themselves?
A: Once upon a time this was available but it is not longer.