Do your chimes look like this?
Or maybe even this?
Like most large percussion instruments, chimes are often neglected once they start falling apart. Students or directors will sift through junk boxes to find a quick fix before a concert or marching show. You can fix this problem with 30 minutes at $10 of materials!
Step 1 – Materials
- 20 feet of rope chain. Purchase the thinnest you can find at your nearest hardware store. Make sure you buy the uncoated wire. Coated wire will reduce vibrations.
- 20 chain ferrules of the same width as the chain rope.
- Wire Snippers
Step 2 – Cutting the Wire
- Use the snippers to cut the wire into lengths of 8″ to 10″.
- Slide the wire through the chimes and ferrule then crimp several times. Be careful not to crimp too hard. You could cut through the ferrule!.
Step 4 – Hang the chime and congratulate yourself on your handiwork!