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Got this review today from a customer who bought a 12" tongue drum with 9 notes (shown below). Due to carpal tunnel problems, every drum I make involves a degree of pain. Two things keep me going: One is how much I love these drums, and what they can do for people. The other is reactions like I've pasted below:
After loads of research I resonated with the Dragon Drum and Christopher's attentiveness. I wanted a drum for my public meditation classes and to also to just soothe myself. I specifically ordered the 432 hz frequency tuned drum because of how the sound positively organizes the human energetic field. The drum is absolutely beautiful and came with the most exquisite case and drumsticks and I am so pleased. Anyone investigating a tongue drum..you will not be disappointed with a Dragon Drum .You can also ask Chris for a suggestion for your particular need.Thank you Christopher for this absolutely stunning piece and for your hands and intuitive craft.
May you be blissed and blessed Christopher!
Krista L. from Austin, TX
I remember what Sabina, one of the two original handpan makers said to me in 2005, when I was leaving the Hanghaus in Bern. I had asked her a silly question, which was something like "do you think I could ever make one of these?" She looked me up and down for a couple of seconds, and then definitively said "no". I believed her for many years. But then in 2012, with zero experience working with metals, I decided to actually try. Although my latest creation is not the same as the original in sound, I think it's good. I hope it will make someone happy for a fair price. We never really know what we are capable of, what lives deep inside, until we try.
I'm happy with the performance of my 18" bronze Gongpan design. I've been selling this design for nearly 18 months, with no complaints of instrument de-tuning. The latest is featured in the clip below. 18" diameter, weighs only 7 pounds. Ultra-portable with very resonant bronze timbre.
The drum arrived 2 hours ago…and I have been playing it for 2 hours! I love it! It has an incredible sound and looks great! I have been playing it alone and alongside my other one (Pentatonic scale) It’s amazing the different sounds they make and the added notes….and then playing them together is very cool! I was experimenting to see how different combinations would sound. (I have no musical training…or much of an ear for it….) and music is coming out of me! I’m almost ready to set up on the sidewalk and play for coffee and McDonald’s money…ha@ So, thanks for what you do in the world…the impact of your talents is spreading and I appreciate how my life is enhanced by these simple but beautiful instruments.
Be well…till I order my next one!
John R. from Maryland
18” Bronze Gongpan G# Mongolian scale
I received my 18” Bronze Gongpan a little over 3 weeks ago. I absolutely could not be more thrilled or pleased with it. It is all that I imagined, and more!
I was first introduced to a hang pan about 6 months ago when a friend bought one. It was a full size steel hand pan. I liked it very much, although being on the shorter stature side, it was a little too big for my friend, or I, to play ‘comfortably’.
As I started my quest to find my own hand pan, I came across Christopher of the Wolves’ Gongpans on Etsy. Because hand pans in general are expensive, I did research. I went to the Dragondrum website and discovered to my delight, that Christopher of the Wolves made an 18” Gongpan, AND he made them out of BRONZE!!! To the best of my knowledge, and my internet research skills, he is the only maker of Bronze hand pans.
As a person, myself, that tends to think outside of the box; I was elated to find that this maker does too! Being a person that appreciates singing bowls and chimes made out of bronze, I was intrigued by his bold endeavor to make hand pans out of bronze. Simply brilliant!!! In my humble opinion.
When I first reached out to Christopher about the Gongpan I now own, this pan was still in its tuning phase. He kept me apprise of its progress and promised to send me the YouTube link once it was complete. As I waited patiently for that to happen, I grew anxious. I knew that his concept was brilliant, and I knew that this was the drum for me. I began to be concerned that if I waited for him to post the clip on YouTube, that I might not be fast enough to order before the other 10 people on Etsy that were also waiting for that same clip before purchasing. I decided to make my purchase before that happened, before the clip was even made...
He made the audio clip, sent my Gongpan to me, and then sent me the link to YouTube to hear my drum. I cried. It was incredible!!!
The next day, when it arrived, I cried more. It is so incredibly soothing and relaxing! As I am not a ‘musician’, I am not sure how to explain the why’s of it, yet there is something about the bronze that causes it to resonate better, and be more soothing, than the steel hand pans my friend has, and that I have encountered in my quest for my own drum. Not only that, the 18” size is perfect for me!
C.G. from Kent, WA
Christopher of the Wolves
At first, making these drums was more of a business idea. But then as I made my first batch of 10 drums in July of 2013, I realized I had stumbled onto making a very special musical drum.