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Published on Jun 18, 2007
Hi - Another invention: Just got this thing figured out and built -- a four-day project with a number of challenges, but am happy with the results. This thing's scale, tuning and fingering layout is the same as a metal hang drum, obviously with a lot different tone/sound. It uses bronze-wound guitar strings -- with same tension as on a guitar. Seven strings run down the instrument's side and the central "ding" runs down the middle. I've just put basic building information on my webpage at: http://DennisHavlena.com should anyone want to duplicate this beast. One advantage over a metal hang drum is that the strings can be tuned any way you want. The tuning here is D minor pentatonic (same as in my PVC tubing instrument YouTube video). Despite the gawky appearance, the action/mechanism works quickly and is quite responsive, with no "bounce" and very little wood clatter.
GREAT NEWS: although a real, Swiss-made hang drum is extremely difficult to obtain these days, Pantheon Steel, a maker of beautiful steel drums ("steel pans") is just starting to sell their version of the Hang drum called the HALO hand-pan. See halo.pantheonsteel.com for details. They have a demo video & the Halo sounds beautiful!