Urgos 9 tubular

trekunst

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where can you buy Urgos 9 Tubular Tube Bell Set ?

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JTD

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Occasionally they appear on Ebay but they are very expensive.

I don't know of anywhere else, but others may know a different source.

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Willie X

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These movements are getting mighty old.

Make sure your movement is repairable before you drop a load of money on a set of chime tubes!

I've pointed several people to the 'wind chime' web sites but AFAIK no one has reported back to this list on their efforts so far?

Tubes are easy to buy and make but very difficult to tune.

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Any set would work as long as they are tuned to an eight note Major scale. The ninth tube could be any pitch but usually is a long low pitch.
 

Dick Feldman

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There is a used Herschede set on eBay now.
Those are 1 3/8" diameter and probably have the richest tone of any.
Herschede tubes are also known to develop stress cracks at the top end.
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J. A. Olson

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Tubular bells tend to crack at the captive end when their striking hammer's leather wears down, giving a hard brass or steel hammer tip smashing into the tube instead of a soft leather. The capped end of the tube is also a higher stress point with the cap being friction-fit into place. The result is the tube eventually cracks and diminishes its sound quality severely. Cracked tubes sound horrible compared to an intact set and as one may guess, finding good tube sets has become more difficult.

Making new tubular bells is something I would have liked to have gotten into but the high costs of manufacturing are prohibitive on a small-scale level. The current mindset of modern manufacturers is 'go big or go home' so that means no small customary orders.

Worse still, the powers-that-be showed no interest in making new tubes and one is stuck having to either scrounge around for used sets still in good condition, or trying to repair cracked tubes which usually gives mixed results. It's ironic so many high-end Brand Recognized ™ clocks are now being scrapped out for parts which may not even prove suitable in the long run, but that's the way this entire clock cookie is crumbling.

A good number of used tube sets on eBay tend to have cracks, you don't find intact sets being sold very often. If high resolution photos are shown in the listing you can scour out any cracks along the captive end. No use wasting money on a set of tin cans.

The original tubes were a bellmetal bronze alloy with nickel cadmium plating. Some tubes are simply polished without any form of plating, and according to the old Kieninger catalogs they offered tubes with chrome plating instead. The problem with aluminum wind chime tubes from crafts stores is they did not really sustain the same type of sound as a bronze tubular bell. Instead of a long, resonating church bell sound you end up with a dull, distant 'clunk' sound.
 

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The problem with aluminum wind chime tubes from crafts stores is they did not really sustain the same type of sound as a bronze tubular bell. Instead of a long, resonating church bell sound you end up with a dull, distant 'clunk' sound.
Have a few Corinthian wind chimes by Wind River and they are tuned and sound great to me. Made in Virginia, might be worth a try?

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J. A. Olson

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Just found a recording of a Wind City chimes set. Way better than the crafts stuff I was looking at.
They have recordings of each chimes set online:

 

Willie X

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So, what's the story on the photo?
Willie X
 

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