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Seeking handpan advice!

Lennykenard

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So I’ve been bitten by the bug. I’ve seen a bunch online and they sound amazing. And look so fun to play! Any advice on what to get? Anything budget friendly for a starter? I’m open to any info and suggestions!
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I have one from Meinl. It’s pretty expensive but the quality; sound and build is absolutely top notch. I wouldn’t buy a cheap one without trying first.
 

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Yeah. It seems like most of them are pretty pricey! It’s something I’d like to fiddle around on before commuting to buying one
 

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Is there anywhere you can try them?

They're incredibly easy to play but unfortunately 'you get what you pay for' really applies. They hold value, so a 'lower quality' one like the Meinl won't be too much of a risk. Things like handpans/hang and sound therapy instruments sell for pretty much new price on Facebook groups. Given that they're one-offs or made in small numbers there's always a seemingly insatiable audience for them.

The cost is about the intense labour in building one well - the tools for making one are specific to making one, so the maker has really invested time and money to even begin trying to create a good instrument.

I'll double down on 'really easy to play' - they are - they sound so beautiful that an infant or monkey could get a good sound.

Masterful percussionists can do incredible things with them for sure, but even after a month with them you'll probably have people enraptured thinking you're incredibly talented!

Another downside is that if you get one, enjoy it and want to incorporate it into performance/composition you'll start to realise you need more than one. (Different scales/modes).

The cheap, made in Indonesia tank drums are the same idea, and probably the most affordable if you insist on a small initial cost but I don't see the point in an experienced musician buying one, as they aren't capable of things like pitchbend and harmonics.
 

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