Treeworks TRE23 23 Bar Chime Bar
The Treeworks TRE23 23 Bar Chime Bar is a compact version of the full-size Tre35 chime bar and is ideal for live performances where your sound requires greater strength and resonance.
- Single Row of 23 T-6 Tempered Custom Aluminium / Titanium Alloy Bars
- 0.375 Inch Bar Diameter
- Hand Finished Walnut Mantle
- Bars Attached to Mantle via Hand Tied CordLoc Fiber
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The Classic Chimes series utilises Treeworks' T-6 tempered, custom aluminium / titanium alloy bars (.375-inch diameter).
Developed and engineered by a percussionist frustrated by a scarcity of quality instruments, TreeWorks Chimes was founded in 1996 to provide musicians with, unquestionably, the finest chime that can be made. There are three components to the sound of a TreeWorks' chime: the cord, the mantle and the bars. At TreeWorks, each component is a serious contributor to the totally clean, crisp presence that these fine instruments produce.
You've no doubt seen the chimes that hang from plastic clothing ties, and you've probably experienced the frustration of finding your bars at the bottom of your case, so it is no surprise to you that the strength of the cord is an important piece of the equation. TreeWorks' CordLoc is a select composition of fibres chosen for extreme strength then braided and individually hand-tied to each bar. Every cord is locked and sealed to render and is virtually indestructible. But even more than strength is the fact that anything that touches the bar affects the sound. The length of the cord insures that the bars never strike the mantle and every knot is tucked inside the hole on the mantle where it cannot touch the bar and impede the sound.
Only select Tennessee hardwoods are used to make the mantle for all TreeWorks Chimes. The selection consists of Black Walnut (juglans nigra) or White Ash (fraxinus americana) both from managed forests. On the Black Walnut a proprietary steaming process intensifies the colour by forcing the dark pigment of the heartwood to move throughout the board. Cut selections are then individually hand-picked from rough, kiln-dried stock. The boards are cut and drilled, then sanded not once but 16 times. It becomes a TreeWorks' mantle when the final oil finish is applied to each one, by hand.
The bars are the essence of the sound, and the true quality of TreeWorks' chimes is in the colour of the sound. We never paint, tint, dip, anodise or plate the bars, (since this adversely affects the sound). Also rejected are stock, off-the-shelf, aluminium bars. TreeWorks uses only custom mill runs, certified to spec and quality tested. The alloy is an aluminium/titanium composition that is T-6 tempered at 350°F for 8 hours. Tempering provides a more consistent grain structure (at the molecular level) and imparts the clear, distinctive sound that is TreeWorks' alone. Next, the bars are cut and precision drilled followed by polishing that bevels the edges to minimise friction against the cord. An art unto itself, the chimes are tuned by ear, with a gradual change in pitch, one at a time, bar by bar. No preset, assembly-line cutting.