Hand Steel Pan - A Trinidad Born HandPan

(!) This post may now be out of date - but has been left published for archive purposes.  It may still prove to be of interest, but some (or all) details may now be out of date (!).

‘Hand Steel Pan’, may not be the most creative of names for a new make of HandPan, but like many a fine thing, it does (to a more or lesser degree) exactly what it says on the tin. Built by ‘Jacopo Marrocchelli’, the Hand Steel Pan is a HandPan that hails from Trinidad, home of the traditional steel pan. And while early attempts would have a hard time passing themselves off as a Hang, or a Halo (other than perhaps in look). The will to persevere, and improve, does seem to be present within the tuner, who has released numerous videos of Hand Steel Pan in various different forms over the last month or so. And who is seemingly sat on the precipice of realising that steel pan tuning technique does not necessarily transfer directly to the HandPan form, successfully, without some modification. Hence why the Hand Steel Pan, which sound nice enough in their own right, do not (yet) sing with the choir of angels that Hanghang are able to release (judging by the video). But these are still early days, and as always, we have high hopes for their future...
There's little else to say about these at time of writing, but we'll try to update as and when new information becomes available. To keep up-to-date with the Hand Steel Pan, your best bet is to subscribe to the makers Facebook page, or YouTube channel.

Where we'll certainly be following with interest.

[UPDATE] There have been some really nice improvements coming out of the Hand Steel Pan camp in recent months (at time of update) - and in addition to keeping up with the latest developments over at facebook (linked to above), you can also check out developments (and other HandPan'ny stuff, over at the HandSteelPan Factory Website: HERE

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