MetalChimes.com : Building Stage/Show Quality Metal Chimes for Seattle Rockers since February, 2023
Metal Chimes for the Working Band
Using "good enough" materials, MetalChimes.com builds tuned metal chimes for a small fraction of the cost of Symphony-Quality equipment. Our chimes are tuned to within a few Hz of target, are built to withstand the hustle/bustle of being transported from the garage, to the van, to the stage and back.
Suspended in a frame of Home-Depot-Quality fencing material, our self-centering, tuned steel pipes come in any key you request. You can also buy the "quick-change" design that will let your percussionist change from "C" to "F" while the audience is still applauding. Or you can set the 9 tones up as C, F and G chords, useful in most rock-n-roll situations
How much do they cost?
Well, without going into detail in this section it is pretty safe to assume that for less than $1K we will provide a chime set with:
- Sturdy transportable frame
- Support Stand with locking 3" casters
- Top and bottom suspension to eliminate self-interference
- 9 carefully tuned tones of your choosing (but not lower than C:4)
- A pair of custom-built mallets
- The ability to change out chimes.
- Free repairs (within reason)
If you want a chromatic scale, it'll cost a bit more as the frame will be wider and there will be more tubes. Look for our "15" chimes on the Products page.
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For an indefinite time, free pick-up is available from our West Seattle factory.
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In general, our 9 note and 15 note chime sets are mounted in an 45 inch tall sturdy metal frame and are supported by vertical support and 3" casters.. 9-note sets are approximately 36 inches wide and 15-note sets are 52 inches.
Why 9 notes?
Clearly, it's up to you but here is the thinking:
While a Major key has 7 named notes, playing a full scale needs its 'octave' (hence the "8") but playing any sort of song often needs the extra 'turn-around' key.
- Play the Beatle's "Hey Jude" starting on the dominant of any key you want.
Hey Jude, don't make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better. You'll never LET her into your heart without that 9th note to make it better
- Or Cat Stevens' "Morning is Broken"
- It's actually a VERY long list including Elmo's World and most Rock Classics.
And WITH your 9-note, major scale tubular bells you'll be able to play Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.
And so ...