Kim, if you are looking for permission to trash the wind chime, you have it!! You show your anger very well! The only reason I can think of that the noise maker hasn't met it's demise is that it was a gift, and I think the gift giver would agree... bye bye chime!
Dianne, you are right - I don't take it down because it was a gift. The top is a horse and I feel so guilty every time I go near it with taking it down in my mind. I like tinkly, sweet, soft chimes. Everytime I am on the porch and I hear it, I say to no one in particular, "Why do I keep that noisy thing?"