The handpan, or hang drum, was first created in 2001 by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer (PANArt) in Bern, Switzerland. The musical instrument is hand crafted from two half-shells of steel sheet connected together at the rim, which leave the inside hollow to create the shape of a convex lens.
The top (“Ding”) side has a center note hammered into it and seven or eight tone fields hammered around the center. The bottom (“Gu”) is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center, which activates a Helmoltz resonator (a deep bass note created by the empty space inside the handpan). Part art and part instrument, the handpan is often referred to as a “sound sculpture”.
Soothing, resonating, and enchanting, the sound of the handpan captivates and works great for sound healing, meditation, and yoga, as well as for developing skills in playing a percussion instrument. Every note on your handpan should be fine tuned, with overtones that give each a rich, layered quality.
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Dii 2019 Products
Aurous Stainless Steel Model
The new 21” Aurous stainless steel handpan. Click here for Aurous product details, price, and purchase options.
Luna “Clarity” model
Our popular 20” Luna Clarity model handpan. Click here for Luna product details, price, and purchase options.
Dii Handpan Accessories
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