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Tuning


Available Tunings

Written in the octave of the alto size. Sopranos are one octave higher; mezzos are one-half octave higher; tenors are one-half octave lower; basses are one octave lower.


Familiar (Major) Tunings


Pentatonic
Pentatonic
One of our most popular tunings, the Pentatonic scale, is the most widely used scale in the world, dating from ancient Greece. Its pattern is familiar as the black notes of the piano keyboard. This chime contains all the notes to "amazing Grace" in our Soprano, Alto, and Bass sizes. It blends well with the Hawaiian or the Westminster.


Quartal

Quartal
A musical palindrome, the Quartal tuning is based on intervals of fourths and fifths. Its smooth and serene sound captivated American composers, notably Aaron Copland and Paul Hindemith, in the early twentieth century.


Chinese

Chinese
This lighter tuning can be found deeply rooted in Chinese history. Traditional instruments such as the Zheng (Chinese Koto) are tuned to this arrangement of notes. Its sweetness complements the more complex Japanese and/or Balinese.


Mongolian

Mongolian
The Mongolian tuning, a livelier version of the Chinese, ir reminiscent of church and temple bells. The major pentatonic scale in root position in the key of "A" major diatonic scale.


Aquarian

Aquarian
An original Larry Roark composition, the Aquarian mirrors the tranquil charm of an alpine lake or stream, It combines beautifully with the Mongolian, creating a complete "A" major diatonic scale.


Available in one size only


Westminster

Westminster
Pealing the familiar tones of London's "Big Ben," this chime emulates the rich harmonics of cathedral bells. To create an ensemble, add Pentatonic or Perhaps Hawaiian.


Exotic Tunings


Gypsy

Gypsy
The ancient Gypsy tuning is still used throughout the Near East, from Northern Africa to the Baltic. Its exotic mix of piquant strains and haunting melodies blends with the Japanese.


Hawaiian

Hawaiian
The Hawaiian tuning is Polynesian in flavor, reminiscent of a tangy sweet & sour sauce and tropical island breezes. It combines the best of manjor and minor pentatonic scales. Mix Hawaiian with Pentatonic for a lovely multi-cultural effect.


Balinese

Balinese
The Balinese tuning recreates the magical strains of the Indonesian Gamelan, at once joyous and plaintive. Balinese blends harmoniously with Chinese and/or Japanese.


Japanese

Japanese
The distinctive tones of the Japanese tuning are at once deeply soothing and provocative. Its frama complements the more light-hearted Chinese and/or Balinese.


WholeTone

Whole Tone
The Whole Tone tuning, with its unique dreamlike character, was originally popularized by impressionist composer Claude Debussy. It is frequently used in TV and film scores for underwater, flashback, and dream sequences. It is familiar to many as the "beaming up" sound effect drom television's original Star Trek.