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Customer Reviews
Art of the Etched Singing Bowl

Art of the Etched Singing Bowl

When etched bowls started flooding the market a few years ago, I passed them up because neither the quality of art, nor the bowls it adorned, were up to our Master-quality standards. Considering the extra cost that the etching work commanded, how could we justify the...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

Recording Gongs with Son Vo

Gongs are considered by audio engineers to be one of the most difficult instruments to accurately record due to their inherent multitimbral, transient tones. You can’t approach recording them like you would cymbals of a drum set (where you place two...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

Singing Bowl Mallets (and How to Use Them)

Every singing bowl sound sample recorded on our web site has been played with the following variety of mallets.  Singing bowls can sound completely different whether they are struck with wool, leather or wood; and you can isolate completely different tones depending...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

Seven Metals Contemporary Singing Bowls

When I was in Kathmandu this past September, I was delighted when one of our oldest suppliers of singing bowls invited me to visit his factory in Patan, one of the three historic kingdoms of Kathmandu with an ancient tradition of metal work. He produces singing bowls...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

A Brief But Fantastic Buying Trip to Nepal

It had been 15 years since I’d been to Nepal. As a result our buy-out of my former partner, our supply chain had broken down on so many fronts: malas, tingshaw, Ghanta & Dorje, gongs: we had run out of most of these items in the past year. And although I managed...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

ANTIQUE SINGING BOWL AUTHENTICITY

At Bodhisattva, we list the approximate age of our singing bowls based on our evaluation of authentic wear on the metal, and date them “circa” their century of manufacture. “Circa” means “about”.  Absent a specific date inscribed on the piece, this term art historians...
Stories from the ruins in Nepal

Stories from the ruins in Nepal

At 11:56 am Saturday, April 25th 2015, the Kathmandu valley and surrounding areas were devastated by a 7.8 earthquake.  The death toll mounts daily, so by the time you read this, today’s count of 7300 lives lost will be heartbreakingly out of date.  The...
Recording Gongs with Son Vo

Using Singing Bowls in Acupuncture Practice

Our long time customer Ken Glowacki is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine in Portland, Oregon.  He has been building his set of high quality, antique Tibetan bowls with us since 2008.  He was a bit of an enigma, and we never had a single conversation about...