Try try try ... the more instruments you try, the more you can be sure, about what you like. It is best to inform yourself in advance about the purchase of a Handpan on the Internet or our homepage. On our product pages you will find videos of the scale to get a first impression.
In our store in Mainz you have the possibility to test different manufacturers and scales and ask any questions you might have. We will advise you about all instruments and what needs to be considered. We always strive to have an extensive selection of manufacturers and scales in our Sound Lab.
Steel tongue drums are made of thicker steel, the tongues are lasered or cut. Steel tongue drums cannot get out of tune if handled properly. They resonate longer than Handpans and therefore have a more meditative effect. Steel tongue drums are somewhat quieter than normal hand pans.
Handpans are made of thinner steel and are hammered. They are more sensitive than steel tongue drums and usually have to be retuned every few years.
You can find a detailed overview here: Handpan or Steel Tongue Drum?
There is hardly an instrument that is easier to learn than playing handpan. The notes on the handpan are arranged so that almost everything fits together. Even the flute is more difficult to play, not to mention guitar. Most beginners can play their first melodies and rhythms after only a few lessons. Only the touch technique requires a bit of practice or technique. The finger must "cushion" the attack, otherwise the note field can not vibrate and the tone is virtually "suffocated". But even that is managed by most after 20-30 minutes of playing.
You should not store your Handpan or Steel Tongue Drum in your bag, as condensation can form and in the worst case this can lead to rust. You should also not play the instruments in the sauna – all places with high humidity are unsuitable for the Handpans and Steel Tongue Drums (unless made of stainless steel!). Direct sunlight and extreme heat should be avoided, but only for handpans (not steel tongue drums). As the word "handpan" already implies, the instrument should only be played with hands or fingers and not with drumsticks or other objects.
You can find all information on the correct use of your Handpan here.
With some manufacturers inexpensive care products such as Ballistol can be used, other manufacturers recommend Phoenix oil, again other auto polish care. When buying a Handpan we will also advise you about the care of your instrument.