The chimes are another tone-plate percussion instrument
The chimes, which are played on Nodo Jiman competitions on Japanese TV, are another example of a tone-plate percussion instrument. In this case, the pipes that play the role of tone plates are lined up vertically.
Chimes are made up of around 20 sound columns. Because of these columns' particular harmonic structure, there is a complex melding of constituent notes, producing unique echoes that are reminiscent of a medieval church. This instrument was originally used as a replacement for church bells. Before the chimes came into being, larger instruments, such as the carillon and organ chimes, were used. Today, chimes sometimes appear in orchestras and bands. They are primarily used to play cord tones, but they sometimes also play melodies in unison with other instruments.