How To Choose Your Tibetan Singing Bowl From This Website
I made the decision to sell only the highest quality Tibetan Singing Bowls on this site. The best singing bowls in the world are considered to come from Nepal so I only sell these here. It is possible to buy very cheap singing bowls from China and from India. They are machine made and usually made of brass. I do sell some of these bowls on ebay as why should lack of funds be a barrier to starting out on your singing bowl journey? Machine made bowls are very easy to play and so can be a good choice for a beginner. They are also very smooth and shiny. Brass does not give as good a tone as a better mix of metals.
Received wisdom has it that antique singing bowls are the best because of their resonant tones. This may be the case but antique bowls are increasingly rare and can cost thousands of pounds. Sadly, some will pass off new bowls as antique. All of the bowls I sell are new. By buying one you are helping a Nepalese artisan to make some money and feed his family.
I do sell machine made bowls that have been made in small workshops in Nepal. The two small ohm singing bowl sets are machine made as are the Zen Koan bowls. They are not brass but made of a blend of seven metals which gives them a richer tone. They tend to play in a high pitch.
All of the other bowls I sell are hand hammered or hand made by skilled artisans in a small workshop near Kathmandu in Nepal. Initially, the various compositions of raw metals (copper, tin, nickel, zinc, iron, lead, silver and mercury), are melted in the furnace, according to the manufacturing requirements. The hot melted metal is removed from the furnace and poured into different sized gully cups and cube shapes. Then, the metal moulds are rolled out into circular metals sheets of the required size and thickness. The sheets are then hammered according to precise measurement specifications and categorized according to weight and size. For the hammering process, 4 to 5 metal sheets are stacked and then heated at very high temperature. The red hot metal sheets are hammered by a group of skilled craftsmen until the heat in the metal cools. This process is repeated several times to form the desired size and shape of each singing bowl. Only if the metal glows red, can it be hammered. Actually, once cool, it loses its flexibility, becoming more fragile, and therefore risking the formation of cracks when struck.When the desired shape is achieved, the individual process of finely tuning and shaping each singing bowl begins. Finally, the individual singing bowls may be engraved, smoothed or decorated. Some are painted.
Obviously, it is hard to choose a singing bowl online but not many of us are near a singing bowl shop. This is why I offer a 30 day no quibble guarentee so you can return the bowl if it is not right for you.
The chopa singing bowls are a good choice for those starting out. They are easy to play and have a smooth, classical finish. They come in a huge range of sizes. A typical blend of metals for these bowls is: Copper 71.5% / Tin 28% / Nickel 0.02% / Mercury 0.01% / Zinc 0.02% / Iron 0.02% / Lead 0.001% / Silver 0.002% / Gold 0.0001%. They are a blend of nine metals. The sides and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency (first harmonic) and usually two audible harmonic overtones (second and third harmonics). According to singing bowl researcher Joseph Feinstein, singing bowls were traditionally used in Asia and the tradition of making sound with bronze bowls could go back 3,000 or more years to the Bronze Age.
Shanti Bowls are very shiny and have a bright gold colour. They are also hand hammered and made from a blend of nine metals. They have a beautiful, long lasting sound. Chaken singing bowls are generally a bit heavier and more solid. The Chaken singing bowl has a fine deep & warm, long lasting resonation. The Chaken bowl is excellently suited for therapeutical use. These bowls are black on the outside and bronze on the inside. Nirmala bowls are very smooth and shiny with a golden colour. I also have bowls engraved with Buddhist patterns, Buddhas and ohm symbols as well as Buddhist writings. They are very special objects and truly beautiful. The symbols spread peace and tranquility to the place they are in. Each one is unique. Samhadi bowls are thin and smooth and offer very good value. Ishana bowls are also black and golden and look like the antique bowls of the past. Dewa bowls are often used in therapy and have a wide shape and long lasting resonance.
Enjoy your bowls with satisfaction guarenteed and the right of return.
The bowls I sell have not been tuned to a particular note. You cannot find out the note before you buy as each one is different. It is possible to find out the note of your bowl by using a frequency tuner which are available to use on mobile phones. However, I would exercise caution here. The note of a bowl will vary according to where you hit it, how hard you hit it and what you hit it with. This makes saying a metal bowl is tuned to a particular note something of a nonsense. They have many tones and overtones. If you want a pure note bowl for chakra healing you would be better to choose a crystal bowl which I also sell. They are made to be tuned to a particular note which align with the seven chakras.
I sell a large range of Nada Yoga bowls. Nada Yoga means union through sound. Nada Yoga bowls are more rustic looking than the chopa bowls with hammer marks visible. They have a deeper colour. They are hand hammered and made from a blend of metals: Copper 71.5% / Tin 28% / Nickel 0.02% / Mercury 0.01% / Zinc 0.02% / Iron 0.02% / Lead 0.001% / Silver 0.002% / Gold 0.0001%.