Buy PANArt Hang Drum for Sale Online
What are PanArt Hang Drums?
A relative of the ‘steel pan’ instruments of Trinidad and Tobago hang drums are constructed from two deep drawn nitrided steel sheets, that are attached together creating the recognizable 'UFO shape'. There is nothing inside the Hang drum but air. The top (Ding) side has a center 'note' hammered into it with 7 or 8 'tone fields' hammered around it. The bottom (Gu) is a simpler surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.
How to Buy PANArt Hang Drum
There are effectively two ways to buy hang drum, as produced by ‘PanArt’. The first is to buy one second hand, from an auction site like eBay, where they are frequently made available. However, as with all luxury items of rarity (think diamonds) the cost of an item is determined by the supply. And when demand is greater than supply, the cost goes up, making second hand hang drums more than a little expensive. But unfortunately, buying a second hand PanArt Hang drum for a premium online, is not only the easiest way, but it is also for most the only likely way of acquiring one.
And then there's the other way...
Like a mythical quest for a rare and much sought after treasure, obtaining a hang drum directly from PanArt, a small workshop based enterprise run by ‘Felix Rohner’ and ‘Sabina Schärer’ in Switzerland, is not going to be easy. Due partially to the fact that the small scale of their operation severely limits the amount of hang drums they can produce at any given time (creating large waiting lists), and partially because the company also operate a very low public profile, especially online where (currently) PanArt themselves have no web presence what-so-ever. In fact, whether due again to the small scale of their enterprise, to a marketing technique designed to keep hang drums in demand and push up prices, or to some other reason, PanArt make it almost impossible to buy one of their creations, unless you’re one of the chosen lucky few.
Demonstrating (less than perfectly) the Hang, the Caisa, and the Halo
The 'Caisa' - One possible alternative to the PANArt Hang
The only way to ‘apply’ for a hang drum (not order one) is to send a letter to PanArt, stating your case. And it’s from all the letters sent (and there are many) that when new hang drums are made available, the new potential owners are chosen.
PANArt Hangbau AG
And then just wait... and hope.
You’re going to need a lot of patience if you want to get your hands on a hang drum from PanArt, but many who own one would say that it was worth the wait. But even if you’re lucky enough to be chosen to purchase a hang, you may then be required to travel to ‘Bern’, to participate in the design and construction of your new instrument. Which while something that would no doubt be an enjoyable experience, may not be practical for many who desire to own one of PanArts drums.