The Handpan I'm Using
Everything about my handpan: key, tone, and where to find it
I’m sure you’ve heard of it or even seen it somewhere.
Maybe on the street, maybe on the stage, maybe on YouTube.
What am I talking about?
The UFO-shaped pan that produces absolutely amazing sounds.
If you came to this post from YouTube then you would know I always use handpan to cover pop songs.
I got all kinds of questions when my friends and family started to notice my new favourite instrument.
So today I’m going to tell you everything about my handpan – it’s nothing fancy but if you are interested, you’re just starting out or on a tight budget, it might be helpful.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional and I only own one handpan. I’m merely sharing my experience of purchasing and playing this handpan. If you want advice and guidance from professionals, I suggest you read this post from my handpan teacher David Charrier: https://www.masterthehandpan.com/blog/do-you-want-to-buy-a-handpan-heres-all-you-need-to-know.
^ the handpan I’m using
Brand: Daves Island Instruments
Product name: Symphonette, Sunset 7 scale, S17-013 (discounted B-Stock item)
Scale: D minor (A G F E D A D)
Price: $799 USD (before shipping)
Unfortunately I cannot find the purchase link to it anymore because as you can see it’s a discounted B-stock item, meaning it’s made from scrap but still good material. Normal handpans have a price range of $1,500 – $3,000 USD, depend on manufacturers. It still sounds good and I think it’s good enough for people like me who are just beginners.
I absolutely like this handpan because of its range and the grooves it can produce. I personally prefer minors – I like the feel of it comparing to major bright grooves. As I said it’s good enough – but my next handpan would be at least 8 notes. It’s a bit unconvenient without the C key for me when I cover pop songs.
If you’re interested in buying a handpan but are not ready to afford >$1,000 USD you can definitely keep an eye on discounted items. My biggest advice is to stick with good manufacturers. Don’t let price do all the decision making.
Let me know if you have any questions below and I will try my best to share whatever I know!
Till next time,