The ‘Koshi’ chime is an authentic musical instrument, an original creation of high quality. Hand made at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, each chime is the result of meticulous craftsmanship.
Eight chords are welded with silver into the metal plate at the base of the resonance tube. Precise tuning creates a play of clear tones that is rich in overtones. The overtones of the shorter chords gradually dominate and become fundamentals, thus forming a circular tone range.
Koshi chimes come in four tunings. Each has a specific magic timbre and can be played harmoniously with all others.
The tube, made in their own workshop, consists of bamboo veneer treated with natural oil.
Move the chime gently holding it by its cord: the crystalline, relaxing sound may leave you in quiet wonder. Outside, as it plays with the wind it will carry you away on an unexpected melody.
"I have used bamboo veneer as it is much stronger than the natural bamboo. A true “resonance tube” of a high acoustic quality is made with thin layers of bamboo. This and a new tuning technique that I developed give the sound even more depth and enrich the harmonics".
The diameter of the tube is 6,3 cm and the height is 16,5 cm., 4cm longer than the former Shantis.
"The Koshi chimes should be good for outdoors use. However, like all wooden objects, they must be regularly treated with a protective oil. I have to admit that for now, without time experience I can’t yet give any guarantee".
The sound of the chimes is most wonderful for children. But for safety reasons they should not be given in hands of children under three years old.
A set of four Koshi chimes, one of each element: Earth, Air, Fire and Water is also available at the special price of £132.00.
Terra - Erde: G C E F G C E G
Aqua - Water: A D F G A D F A
Aria - Air: A C E A B C E B
Ignis - Fire: G B D G B D G A