Number 19 flowed so easily from my hands today. I love making these amazing instruments. I was told by a famous handpan maker that making these tank drums, or steel tongue drums was a waste of time. I disagree. Not everyone has the funds or the passion for a full handpan, not to mention how long it can take to acquire a quality instrument, but many people desire an affordable, melodic drum. This one is in the key of C mixolydian. The sustain of this instrument is between 10 and 15 seconds, or in the good handpan range. The tones are very meditative, soothing and healing, I believe.
And this is a photo of the bottom of #19. Each drum has its own colors, character and appeal. The tones are warm and soothing to the ear.
I've never worked with metal before, so this is a whole new adventure. I've found that I very much enjoy the work of fabricating and tuning these drums. Each drum is a unique musical sculpture. The work goes quickly, and then another drum is finished, ready for a new player and new musical horizons. My passion now is to share this drum, which pretty much anyone can make sound good. Introducing the musical drum for everyone.
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.