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Himalayan Hand Beaten Singing Bowls

Sourcing our Himalayan Singing Bowls

All our Hand Beaten Himalayan Singing Bowls are sourced in and around the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. For the last 20 years we have been sourcing from the same people who we consider to be more family than friends. Its very important when sourcing the Bowls to have good contacts that you can trust. As with most things there are varying degrees of quality with the Singing Bowls and there are plenty of the cheaper tourist bowls to be found. And even with a batch from a good Singing Bowl maker there are some Bowls that play great and some that play not so good. And for that reason its really important for us to put the work in to separate those great sounding Bowls from the rest. When a batch of new Singing Bowls arrives we will go through every Bowl. Even though each of the Singing Bowls in that batch has been made with the same materials, there will be varying qualities in the sound. All Singing Bowls will play with a wooden mallet. The issue with the Hand Beaten Singing Bowls is that they aren’t smooth and so a wooden mallet can sound sharp and abrasive. What we are looking for are the Singing Bowls that play well with a Suede covered mallet. The Suede covered mallets take away that abrasiveness to give a muted mellower sound. So our primary objective is to extract all those Singing Bowls that have a beautiful sound when played round the rim with a Suede mallet. The next obstacle to overcome is ensuring we have a good amount of Singing Bowls for each of the notes and their corresponding Chakras. Customers aren’t usually looking for any old Singing Bowl. They require a particular note or Chakra or sometimes all the Chakras. Often if you have a batch of Singing Bowls that are of a similar size then there will be a concentration of two or three notes/chakras in particular. This can be frustrating as we end up having to leave great sounding Singing Bowls if there are too many of certain notes/chakras and keep going until we find the amounts and quantities of each of the notes. 

Our new Singing Bowls are usually split into three categories. We have the Natural Singing Bowls that are the Singing Bowls just as they are when they leave the foundry. They have that shiny golden colour about them. Then we have the Patina Singing Bowls. These are Singing Bowls that are Natural Bowls that have a darkened Patina applied. Some customers aren’t so keen on the shiny look of a Singing Bowl and prefer the look of an aged Singing Bowl. The Patina that’s applied gives the Singing Bowl a muted darker colour. And then we have the Etched Singing Bowls. These are Natural Singing Bowls that have then had Deities, Mantras and Motifs applied by a process similar to that of the acid etching process. We also have Full Moon Singing Bowls. These are only made at a Full Moon and it is believed that by making them at this time makes them a more powerful and richer sounding Singing Bowl. These are usually also found with an added darker Patina. So the challenge is always to find a good spread of great sounding Singing Bowls in each of the notes and Chakras in each of the different styles of hand beaten Singing Bowl. 

We also sell Hand Beaten collected old Antique Thadobati Singing Bowls. These bring about a bit of a different challenge. The primary objective is to ensure they are genuinely old Singing Bowls and not just new Singing Bowls made to look old. None of these Singing Bowls come with a provenance and the main criteria for being able to tell an old Singing Bowl is experience with playing these Bowls. It is always very obvious when its a new Bowl made to look old. The older Bowls have a different feel to them and were usually made with a better proportion of good metals. Another issue with the old Singing Bowls is that they are collected not made so you can’t be choosy about notes and chakras. In essence you get what comes. So often we find ourselves with a greater amount of some notes and chakras and often none in others.

Once we have chosen all the Singing Bowls that fit our criteria we will then have Singing Bowl cushions made up with sizes that match the size of the Singing Bowl and colours that correspond to the Chakra for the note of it. We are regular visitors to Nepal, usually three times each year and so are always topping up and adding to our Singing Bowl collection. Under normal circumstances we usually have a minimum of 500 Singing Bowls in stock all which can be seen and played at our retail outlet in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. If you would like to visit then here’s a little more information – 

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