Building Handpans at Saraz

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Color change of steel. Most handpans I have seen and built have been cooked between 480-800 F in order to relax the internal tensions of the steel.

Steel changes color as it is heated in a forge. THis is an important thing for the blacksmith to know and observe. Here I show you the color changes of the steel and how it changes in workability.

44 metric tons required to press a 4 layer dimple and C#3 tone field in the center of a Saraz handpan. After pressing a note, the interstitial still needs a LOT of pneumatic hammering to achieve the ideal shape.

44 metric tons required to press a 4 layer dimple and C tone field in the center of a Saraz handpan. After pressing a note, the interstitial still needs a LOT of pneumatic hammering to achieve the ideal shape.

Basic sinking demo by Jan Borren, a talented builder in Holland.

This is what you need to know when building a tank drum.

There are a couple facebook groups concerning handpan building.   The biggest and oldest I am familiar with is called "exchange of knowledge handpan".   There is also "handpan building explorations".   "Jimmy's House of Hammers" has tools by Jimmy James, one of the creators of Aciel.

There are a couple facebook groups concerning handpan building. The biggest and oldest I am familiar with is called "exchange of knowledge handpan". There is also "handpan building explorations". "Jimmy's House of Hammers" has tools by Jimmy James, one of the creators of Aciel.

60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" (#V1010) Hosted by David Beery Owner of Smarty Pans This unprecedented 60 minute 'how...

60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" ( Hosted by David Beery Owner of Smarty Pans This unprecedented 60 minute 'how.

Saraz Port Tuning Session - YouTube

Tuning the port to E G# B. Tends to be a little trickier on instruments with bottom notes. I also always leave the fundamental and the partials sharp to acco.

Well worth watching for insight on the bridge between steel pans and handpans. Panart Hang Official Documentary - YouTube

-I receieved a copy of this dvd with my hang from Felix Rohner in 2008 and thought I'd share. Sorry for the annoying watermark in the middle of the screen.

Secrets of the Steelpan: Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology, Tuning of the Steelpan by Anthony Achong

Secrets of the Steelpan: Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology, Tuning of the Steelpan by Anthony Achong

We use a Campbell Hausfeld Two-Stage Air Compressor — 5 HP, 16.6 CFM @ 175 PSI, 230 Volt Single Phase, Model# CE7050

Campbell Hausfeld Two-Stage Air Compressor — 5 HP, 16.6 CFM @ 175 PSI, 230 Volt Single Phase, Model# CE7050

We still shape our smaller high note dimples the ol' skool way ;)

We still shape our smaller high note dimples the ol' skool way ;

a few more steel pan building insights Pan Tuner UK No1 - YouTube

Dave Beery, steel drum tuner and builder extraordinaire, showed us how to turn an old oil barrel into a bass pan during a recent visit to the Music Room in F.

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