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Our Hand-Crafting Process

 

Living Sound Hand-Crafting

At Living Sound, our first priority IS sound—musical sound.  We are dedicated to crafting the finest sounding triangles for a variety of musical occasions.  Here's a look at some of our crafting techniques that help bring unique musical qualities to each instrument:

  

Hand-hammering: this process adds a desirable quality to the sound of many of our triangles.

alla Turca jingling rings: these rings are coiled by hand and then cut and inserted through the holes of our alla Turca series triangles.  The precision construction of the rings prevents them from getting “caught up” in the triangle, allowing them to “dance” and vibrate to their fullest potential.

Our instruments are:

 *hand-bent one at a time
 *chamfered by hand on the open ends
 *identified by a subtle hand-stamped logo
 *brush-finished brass

 

Living Sound Materials

Our triangles are made from a unique brass allloy, formulated to produce desirable acoustic properties (resonance, overtones) as well as physical properties (density, tarnish resistance). For our triangle beaters and alla Turca jingling rings, we use a variety of bio-friendly, hypoallergenic metals including titanium alloy, tungsten, German silver, 6000-series aluminum, and stainless steel.

 

Living Sound Finishes

Living Sound incorporates sophisticated finishes to protect your triangle and help provide years of great sounding playing.  

Brush-finish:  All our instruments are brush-finished.  This means that a high-speed brass brush abrades the surface of the brass, cleaning it and making it shiny.  This is desirable over buffer polishing, which closes the pores of the brass. 

Vivid color-finish:  Our goal with the Vivid series was to create a triangle with an artistic visual flair that did not sacrifice sound quality. The key to that goal is Living Sound’s micro-thin color-finish.  The finish is applied using finely ground, naturally occurring oxides mixed with a water-based polymer binder.  The finish is slightly transparent—you can see hints of brass shining through it.  An occasional artistic splash and speckle ensures that no two instruments are quite the same. The color-finish is protective and allows the triangle to vibrate freely. The result is a one-of-a-kind instrument, a strong protective finish, and beautiful color.

Antiquing (Living Finish):  used on our Philharmonic 'Grandioso' triangles, Symphonic 'Kraftig' triangles, and our alla Turca series triangles, our antiquing process is more accurately called a “Living Finish”.  Living finishes incorporate an ageing process which protects the metal.  Ageing is often desirable on other instruments such as cymbals.  After ageing, the triangle is left unsealed.  The instrument continues to mature and its colors continue to evolve as the metal reacts with the environment.  The triangle's continued growth and evolution is completely unique, and is dependent on the environment it is in, hence the term “Living Finish.”