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 or our homepage or on the Internet. 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. They resonate longer but are not as loud and rich in sound as a handpan. Steel tongue drums cannot get out of tune if handled properly.
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 striking technique requires a bit of practice or technique.
You should not store your Handpan or Steel Tongue Drum in your bag for too long, as this could lead to rust. You should also not play the instruments in the direct sunlight. Places with high humidity are unsuitable for Handpans and Steel Tongue Drums, as most of them can rust. As the word "handpan" already implies, the instrument should only be played with hands or fingers and not with drumsticks or other objects.