Our Polished Series Singing Bowls are sourced from skilled bowl makers in Himalayan regions of India and Nepal, which have long standing bowl making traditions. These bowls are comparable to our Practitioner bowls except that they are polished, giving them a smoother appearance. They are medium to high wall style bowls, with incredible sustain and rich harmonics. Their thick walls hold a lot of vibration.
These bowls offer an incredible value for those working with sound who want serious work-horse bowls without the cost associated with antique bowls. We find them suitable for both individual sound therapy sessions and group sound meditations. They cary both felt vibration and penetrating tones.
All of our Polished Series bowls include a cushion and appropriately sized mallet. We also recommend including some Meinl mallets, or even our small gong mallets, which work well with these thicker-walled bowls.
About Our Bowl Rating System
In the world of Himalayan bowls there are many variations. While all of our bowls are suitable for sound practitioners, we have developed a rating system that grades each bowl based on its sound and construction. The sound structure of bowl is a mix of volume, sustain, harmonic spectrum, and modulation. We also consider such nuances as the age of the bowl and aesthetic appeal. With these factors we rate bowls as follows:
- Antique - These types of bowls are no longer made and usually are more than 60 years old. Some are several centuries old. The price of these bowls has continued to rise over the years and these bowls can be considered investments. Their sound structure is usually quite impressive, with pronounced audible overtones.
- Master - Master bowls are modern bowls of the best quality and sound. Many of the newer bowls have sound structures on par with the antique bowls and exhibit incredible craftsmanship. Such bowls are usually comparable in price to Antique bowls.
- Practitioner - Practitioner bowls are bowls that we have found provide an outstanding value while also delivering the excellent sound structure necessary for serious sound practitioners. It takes a very skilled ear to tell the difference between a Practitioner bowl and a Master bowl, but there are differences. A trained ear can often hear a richer number of overtones in Master and Antique bowls along with a more balanced spectrum of harmonics.