ABOUT OUR SINGING BOWLS
The singing bowls you’ll find in our catalog have made their way from all over the Himalayas. These bowls survived centuries, passing from one area to another, changing owners along the way. It’s safe to say that these bowls have lived many lifetimes and experienced so much along the way!
By looking at the picture, reading the description or listening to the sound sample of any particular bowl, you become a part of the story.
Each bowl that you see has gone through a comprehensive selection process.
Antique dealers are searching for valuables in every corner of Himalayas. If they find any singing bowls, they bring them to special collectors. These collectors are supplying a certain amount of bowls to other collectors, whose expertise and knowledge of the subject is stronger as are their paying abilities. They are specialists in the business of singing bowls. These dealers are narrowing the selection of bowls by assessing and then dividing them into different groups, based upon the level of quality. Broken bowls and bowls with little value are passed to scrap metal dealers for melting and reusing the alloy. Low-quality bowls are being sold to local gift shops of ethnic items in India and Nepal. These bowls are being offered for sale to tourists. Higher quality items are stored and waiting for the attention of western dealers that are specialized in singing bowls business.
Bells of Bliss works exclusively with the most reliable suppliers of singing bowls in India and Nepal, collectors that understand what the highest quality sounds like. We choose bowls from a selection that has already been narrowed down by these knowledgeable collectors.
The one and only criteria that we deliberately follow is the quality of the sound.
Every singing bowl we sell comes with at least one singing bowl playing stick (mallet), allowing you to play a wide range of tones. However, if you want to change your style of playing and highlight or insulate any particular sound partial, you may so by choosing a different mallet from the selection of recommended items we provide.
In our section "Accessories" you will find a variety of playing mallets along with a comprehensive description of their distinct properties.
DESCRIPTION OF OUR SINGING BOWLS
Along with the two photo images and sound clips, you will also see the size of the singing bowl in inch and metric system. The weight information of the item is also available in two measuring systems ounce and grams.
The approximate age of the bowl is also given. This approximation is made based on the style of the singing bowl, it's sound, the color of the alloy and the most reliable factor - the way the instrument has been worn out.
A short description of the "energy" of the soundscape is also provided to give you a better idea about the bowl.
As per sound characteristics, frequencies of the fundamental tone and overtones are given with consideration of monaural beats and corresponding brain wave patterns.
Bells of Bliss is the only source that is able to measure these frequencies. In the process of choosing a singing bowl, you may use this information for working with the concept of acoustic brain entrainment (brain waves) in a more precise way!
Note: Massaging properties of the bowls are marked with "M" and graded by scale 1-5 (less to more sensible mechanical vibrations).
Please note: Our sound samples have NO special filters or any effects. Unlike other websites, we offer you a "raw", professional sound recording.
SINGING BOWLS LABELING
Each singing bowl that you purchase from our store comes with stickers that identify the frequencies (monaural beats range of fundamental and overtones), the notes and octaves.
Each bowl comes with its own ID number that is kept in our database. Anytime you want to add a matching bowl or any accessory, we can pull out the specific information about your item and work with this data.
CERTIFICATE OF PURCHASE
Along with your singing bowl or a set of bowls, upon your special request, you will receive a certificate that will include all information about your instrument/s such as size, age, frequencies, notes, etc.