What you need to know about the handpan

The handpan is an atypical musical instrument that is much appreciated by music lovers. Although not as well known as the many other instruments in use, the handpan is unique in its kind and above all simple to learn. Unlike many years ago, today it is relatively easy to obtain a handpan due to the multitude of manufacturers now known. 

What is a handpan?

The handpan is a musical instrument in its own right that has only recently made its appearance in the music world. The first handpan model was only manufactured in 2009. It took a few years for it to become known to the general public. The particularity of this atypical instrument is the uniqueness of the sounds it emits. 

The handpan, for those who don't know what it looks like, is made of steel shells firmly attached to each other. A hammer is used to join the two steel shells together. It is easy to play as it does not require any basic technical knowledge. Although appreciated by many musicians, the handpan is still made by hand to this day. 

How much does a handpan cost? 

Contrary to popular belief, the handpan is a relatively affordable musical instrument, although it is entirely handmade. So, if you are planning to buy a handpan one day, you should budget between 1200 and 2500 euros. Of course, depending on the manufacturer, the price can vary enormously. 

Try not to be fooled. A high price is not always a guarantee of quality. So the best way to avoid being cheated is to get professional help when you buy. 

How to choose? 

As for the question of choice, as mentioned above, you should seek the assistance of an expert. With his or her support, you will be able to study the technical parameters such as sustain, tuning, handpan dynamics and especially timbre.