The Handpan Beginners Cheat Sheet. Answers to All Your Questions in One Sentence or Less.

If you’re reading this, I imagine you’re new to the world of the handpan and probably feel a bit confused or overwhelmed. Do not worry. This article is all you need to get your questions answered, and answered quickly. Rather than scrolling through endless pages of text to find the answer you’ve been looking for, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the handpan into one big cheatsheet—all with answers that are one sentence or less to save you time by getting straight to the point.


So, in the interest of brevity, let’s dive in.



How much do handpans cost?


The price of a handpan can vary depending on certain factors, but in general, you can expect to pay somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000 for a good-quality handpan.



Why are handpans so expensive?


1. Building a handpan is a complicated process that can take several years to master.


2. The initial cost to begin building handpans can be quite high.


3. Most handpans are built largely by hand, often by a single person, and the building process can be very labor-intensive.



Who makes the best handpans?


There isn’t really one correct answer here since everyone has different preferences for what they like, but here’s a quick list of some of my own personal favorite handpan builders:



*The above list is just a few of several of my favorite handpan makers at this moment in time. This list is meant to be impartial and I do not receive any compensation for listing any of the above companies.



What’s the difference between a hang drum and a handpan?


The hang drum (correctly called just “hang”) was the first of these style instruments to be built. (In Bern, Switzerland in the year 2000) The term handpan was created years later and is a general term used to describe any instruments of this kind.


Lere more here.



Are all handpans the same?


Nope. Handpans can be tuned to a variety of different musical scales and some even have more, or less, notes than others, plus every handpan maker sounds a little bit different from the next.



Is the handpan hard to play?


Only as hard as you make it. Since the handpan only plays in one scale it can be a great instrument for beginners since you can make good sounding music right away.



Can you play the handpan with other musical instruments?


Totally! (Just make sure you’re all in the same key!)