Zen and the Art of Ringing Doorbells
There's an entire feedback loop involved in ringing a doorbell.
You may not have thought much about the simple act of ringing a doorbell. However, when you break it down into the experience for the caller outside the home, and the residents inside, there's quite a bit to it.
When you ring somebody's doorbell, you are asking to be invited into their home. You want to make a good impression, and so does the host. From the callers perspective, you want the doorbell to be heard outside of the house so you are certain the occupants have actually been summoned. Think back on how many times you have rung a doorbell only to knock because you didn't know whether the doorbell was working?
As the occupant behind the front door, you obviously need to hear the doorbell. But you don't want the sound to assault your ears. And you want your guests to have a good impression and a pleasant wait.
A long chime doorbell provides the best possible experience for all concerned. The luxurious long notes are loud enough to be heard outside so it makes your house sound welcoming. Inside the house, you and your family are alerted of guests by the harmonious sound of real bells.
And when you greet your guests and they finally see your elegant doorbell, the Zen is complete. An anonymous 1930s long chime doorbell copywriter summed it this way:
"A thrill for the visitor, satisfaction and pride for the owner... rich, melodious tones that vibrate throughout the house. Callers do not soon forget so distinctive a greeting."
There is a certain Zen to it, don't you think?
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