Hand-Crafted Dii Handpans

A Little Bit of Handpan History

The handpan, or hang drum, was first created in 2000 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 is viewed as a healing instrument as well as a drum that has magical sound properties.

What Makes Dii Handpans Different

David Beery has been creating handpans since 2010, reinventing and updating the unique musical instrument along the way. Combining his love for innovation and his meticulously-tuned ear and skill as a musician, Dave’s handpans are always handcrafted mindfully for gorgeous aesthetics, with a sound and tone quality that illuminates the player and listener. As such, Dii handpans have a higher level of craftsmanship, artistry, and tuning.

Handmade musical instruments might take a lot longer to make, and can be a bigger investment, but you will see, hear, and feel the difference with a quality-crafted Dii handpan. Dave puts countless hours into the construction and tuning of every single instrument. This means that every Dii handpan is unique and special, and even if you have the same model type as someone else, your Dii handpan will be slightly different from every other model of its kind. Each instrument is its own work of art.

Soothing, resonating, and enchanting, the acoustics of the handpan captivate and work perfectly for sound healing, meditation, and yoga, as well as for developing skills in playing a percussion instrument. Every note on a Dii is fine tuned, with overtones that give each a rich, layered quality.