The Zaphir Chime is born in the middle of the South French Mountain Range, the Pyrénées.
The chime is totally hand-made in the workshops, by a team of highly qualified handcrafters. Each chime is unique for it is the fruit of the work of nimble hands and accurate pitch, that create one by one this magic musical instrument designed with marbeled glowing-colours.
The Zaphir Chime was born in 1992 under the name of Shanti. After 18 years of collaboration , the co-founders Johannes Kolkmeijer and Maria Maeijer decided to go ahead with two separate brands. The Zaphir Chime will remain lovingly handcrafted for ever… offering enchanting, dreamy and relaxing sounds that would play for you unexpected melodies like a gift of silence.
Each instrument has 8 metal cords of different lengths, welded with silver into a metal ring. Upon assembly, the cords are again carefully tuned to refine the interaction of tones and overtones into a circular almost endless flow of harmonies.
The proportions of the resonance-tube coincides with the ‘Golden Ratio’ principles of Da Vinci, thus assuring optimal sound and resonance.
The resonance-tube of the chime is made of thin crushed and pressed layers of long fiber celluloid board. That creates the perfect acoustic qualities for the warm timbre and the crystalline sounds the Zaphir Chimes are known for.
Most of the materials used are natural, recyclable and of EEG origin / standards. The protective layers of varnish, and paint of the resonance-tube are ecological. The wooden parts are wax coated.
How to Use it:
Hold the chime by its string and move it gently, a magic play of harmonics will leave you in a quiet wonder…
With their relaxing and harmonizing sound, these chimes have become over the years a wonderfull tool for relaxation , yoga and meditation, Feng Shui , Sound-sessions and other forms of therapy. The handy size of these instruments makes them easy to use and play.
But also suspended in the doorway , of a window left opened, a slight breeze may surprise you with unexpected melodies-
Sounds, colours are opening each one to resonance , to an infinite inner being.