The Tibetan singing bowls are plain and decorated also feature the religious iconography and spiritual motifs and symbols, such as the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, images of Buddhas, Vajra, Buddha Eye and Ashtamangala.
The new singing bowls are least expensive because of out the hand labor. Machine made bowls can be wonderfully clear and consistent, no variation from bowl to bowl. They can sound pretty good, especially the small ones in the higher octaves, but there is a hollowness to the sound that is readily apparent once you ring a good old singing bowl next to them. Machined bowls are made up with chemical etching, antique finishing and even sometimes cast figurines.
Best Singing Bowls is in the business of providing extremely high-quality genuine antiques to individuals who value both antiquity and beautiful sound. I find the old singing bowls have character and energy that is missing from any 21st-century bowl. There are lots of places you can go to get mass produced new singing bowls and some of them are quite inexpensive. I’m really interested in conveying antique singing bowls, not moving a lot of product so I’ve passed on the easy opportunity to import modern bowls with my old ones.