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Mistakes to avoid when buying a handpan

January 26, 2023 3 min read

In this article, we will see what are the mistakes to avoid when buying a handpan. So be attentive and take your time before taking any decision regarding your future instrument.  

The mistakes to avoid

Not doing enough research


It's important to do your research to find a quality instrument that meets your needs and budget. Be sure to read reviews and compare different manufacturers to find the handpan that is right for you.

Not trying the instrument before buying it

If you have the opportunity to play the handpan before you buy it, do so! This will give you an idea of the sound and quality of the instrument.

Buy a cheap handpan

The handpan is an expensive instrument to produce and cheap models may have manufacturing defects or a lesser quality sound. Of course you can find a great instrument for a cheap price but then you are the lucky one. Buy a quality steel drum rather than settling for a cheap model that may not meet your expectations.

Not checking the scale of the instrument

It is important to check the scale of the instrument before buying it, especially if you plan to play with other instruments or compose music. Be sure to choose a model in a range that is compatible with the other instruments or ranges you play. If you plan to play with other instruments, it is important to choose a compatible scale. For example, if you play guitar in the diatonic scale, it may be wise to choose a handpan in the diatonic or major pentatonic scale to avoid dissonance.

Not considering the weight and size

The handpan is a heavy and bulky instrument, so it's important to consider its size and weight before you buy it. Make sure you choose a model that you can handle comfortably and that fits in your storage space.

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Buying from an unknown seller

There are many sellers on the internet that offer handpans at very attractive prices, but it's important to check the reputation of these sellers before you buy. Cheap handpans can often have quality issues or damage that is not mentioned in the description.

Buying an untuned handpan

It is important to check if the handpan has been tuned before buying it. Handpans that have not been tuned may have notes that are not right and do not sound right.

Here are some things to consider 👍


Your musical preferences

The scale of your handpan will determine the notes and tones you can play. If you have specific musical preferences, it may be a good idea to choose a scale that suits those styles.

Your level

if you are a beginner, it may be easier to start with a diatonic or pentatonic scale, which have fewer notes. If you are an experienced musician, you may be interested in a chromatic scale, which includes all the notes of the musical scale.

It is recommended that you research and try several scales before making a decision to find the one that suits you best. In summary, it is important to take the time to think carefully before purchasing a handpan. Make sure you choose a trusty vendor, that the handpan has been well tuned and choose the size that is best for you. By following these tips, you should be able to find a handpan that meets your needs and expectations.

alexandre zunino
alexandre zunino

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