The Woodstock Chimes Story

Woodstock Chimes offers a unique variety of high quality, affordable musical gifts from around the world that inspire, entertain and bring pleasure to people of all ages. We design and sell the world-famous Woodstock Chimes and distribute a line of award-winning musical instruments and toys called the Woodstock Music Collection. Woodstock Percussion, Inc. was founded in 1979 in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley, where it continues to operate today. Having been founded by professional musician Garry Kvistad, explains Woodstock Chimes’ strong commitment to fine tuning and great sound—which is what makes our products appealing to everyone and unique to the gift industry.

In September of 2021, Garry Kvistad chose Sullivans to lead Woodstock Chimes into its next generation. For over 50 years, Sullivans has built a reputation for world class customer service and unique, high quality products. By merging with Sullivans, Woodstock Chimes pulls from a larger team that is equally dedicated to the goal of designing and producing quality products that will delight and appeal to everyone.

Early 1970s

As a music student in the 1970s, Woodstock Chimes' founder, Garry Kvistad, became fascinated by ancient scales that could not be played on modern instruments, so he decided to build a metallophone (a xylophone-like instrument with metal bars pictured at left) on which he could play the ancient scale of Olympos, a Greek flute player from the 7th century B.C.. Being an ecologically minded recent college graduate on a tight budget, Garry found the materials for his metallophone at a landfill — it was made from the aluminum tubes of a discarded lawn chair! Garry’s metallophone experiment was so successful, he had the idea to cut and tune aluminum tubes to create windchimes, and Woodstock Chimes was born!

The Woodstock Chimes Mission

To produce musically tuned, affordable, high quality products that enhance well-being through beautiful sights and sounds. We strive for sustainability, supported by our business practices, our wind-powered chimes and our people-powered instruments.

Why Woodstock Chimes

Woodstock Chimes are the original, musically tuned high quality windchime

Woodstock Chimes are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world

Woodstock Chimes were created by GRAMMY® award-winning musician Garry Kvistad

Available in a wide range of styles, songs and sizes, you can choose the Woodstock Chime that speaks to your soul

We stand behind every product we make with a one-year warranty and a lifetime tuning guarantee on our musically tuned chimes

Woodstock Chimes are The World’s Favorite Windchime™—the chime more people ask for by name

Woodstock Chimes are the choice of discerning customers for over 40 years!

Why Choose Woodstock Music Collection?

Our musical instruments are fun, educational and creative—and they're selected by professional musicians

Song sheets and easy-to-follow instructions are included, making it easy to start making music

With both classic and original designs, there's an instrument for everyone!

Our children's musical instruments are safety tested and age graded

The Woodstock Music Collection has instruments suitable for children of all ages (even grown-ups!)