At the moment we have a large stock of all types of quartz crystal singing bowls with a good range of diameters and notes of frosted bowls, clear quartz bowls and practitioner bowls.
Frosted bowls range in size from 10 inches diameter to 18 inches (25 to 45cm). Clear bowls range in size from 130mm to 202mm (about 5.5 inches to 8 inches). The price of frosted and clear bowls include a rubber ring and a suitable rubber ball playing stick. Practitioner bowls range in size from 150mm to 180mm diameter with a clear quartz handle. They are supplied with a playing stick – no ring is needed as they are hand-held.
We have earlier posts that may interest you with advice for Choosing Crystal Bowls and another on Using Crystal Bowls
We now have hand-beaten Tibetan bowls from around 400g to over 4kg (about 14 oz to over 10 lbs). The diameters of these bowls range from 17cm to 35cm (7 to 14 inches). There are too many Tibetan bowls to list them all individually on the web site. If you have a particular requirement please email us.
Machine made bowls are sold in box sets. There are three different sizes of bowls including a playing stick and quilted mat in handmade boxes. We also have two larger sizes of machine made bowls that are sold unboxed but with a playing stick.
This post has more details about different Types of Tibetan Bowls
However, there are several types of Tibetan singing bowls – hand-beaten, machine-made and cast (Gulpa) bowls – and this post will describe each in turn.
Hand-Beaten Tibetan Bowls
Firstly, hand-beaten Tibetan bowls. These are the sort of bowl most people think of when they talk of Tibetan singing bowls. There is a long tradition of making these in Tibet from where they take their name. As so many Tibetans live in exile in Nepal and northern India most bowls are now produced there. For this reason some people refer to Tibetan bowls as Himalayan bowls.
Our singing bowls come from Nepal where families continue the tradition of hand making these bowls. The basic shape is produced and then the metal is stressed with a series of hammer blows. This is a highly skilled process to produce a complex quality of sound from the bowls. Tradition talks of seven notes from a bowl corresponding to the seven chakras.
Hand-beaten Tibetan bowls are normally played by running a playing stick around the bowl. Wooden sticks play higher notes from bowls. Suede covered sticks bring out deeper tones from bowls. It needs a little practice to play bowls getting the correct speed and pressure against the rim of the bowl. This is a knack rather than a skill and everyone can master it after practicing for a while.
Machine-Made Tibetan Bowls
Machine-made Tibetan bowls, as the name suggests, are made with a mechanical process. They are generally polished rather than allowing a natural patina to develop as with hand-beaten bowls. Machine-made Tibetan bowls are easy to play. The sound is simpler and more bell-like than hand-beaten bowls.
Some machine-made bowls are offered in a set with a mat, playing stick and the bowl itself in a strong cardboard box.