Best Review - Top 20 Hang Drum Alternative Instruments

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his list contains a mixture of the best HandPan, and steel tongue drum, that were known of back in 2011 (most if not all are still being-made now), and they make for a great selection of options available as 'Hang Drum Alternative Instruments', for those looking, but unable to purchase a PANArt Hang. They're listed in no particular order, and the list contains instruments from around the world. So you should be able to find something being-made, and sold, near to you.

The reason this list contains both HandPan, and steel tongue drum (Hank drum), is to help appeal to all tastes, and budgets. Clicking on the link displayed beneath each instrument name will take you to a more thorough description - including videos, and links to the makers websites, etc.

We hope you find this list useful. :)

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The Caisa


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A German-made Hang drum alternative created by 'Bill Brown' of 'Kaisos Steel Drums'.


Top 2

The Halo


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An American-made HandPan, built by 'Pantheon Steel'. The first Hang-like instrument to be produced in the United States.


Top 3

The BELLART Bell

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A Spanish-made Hang-like instrument. BellART Bells are among the most popular of Hang drum alternatives.


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The Bali Steel Pan


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An Indonesian-made PANArt Hang alternative. Has a slightly more 'steel pan' sound.


Top 5

The SpaceDrum

A French-made HandPan. And the only HandPan brand at time of writing that offers a full chromatic model.


Top 6

The Hang SPB

A Russian-made Hang drum alternative. Highly respected and sought after HandPan created by one 'Viktor Levinson'.


Top 7

Disco Armonico

An Italian-made HandPan that shows real progress with each new pan made.


Top 8

SunPAN

A German-made Hang-like instrument. Loving the 'Happy Spring Garden' sound model...


Top 9

The Sphaira

A German-made steel tongue drum. Chunky Hank drum like creation.


Top 11

The HAPI Drum

An American-made Hank drum. Arguably the best known of all the Hank drum out there.


Top 12

The Garrahand Drum

An Argentinian-made steel tongue drum. Different from most similar instruments, lower tones, in-built pick-ups.


Top 13

The 1TONE ECLIPSE

An Israel-made Hank drum. Similar in design to a HandPan.


Top 14

The MILLTONE Drum

An American-made Hank drum. Always popular on ebay.


Top 15

The AM Rustic Drum

A French made steel tongue drum. Good value, sweet sound.


Top 17

The Zen Tambour

An American made steel tongue drum. As beautiful looking, as they are sounding.


Top 19

The Taranga Drum

A British-made Hank drum. Simple, but clean sounding.


Top 20

The Klangauge

A German made steel tongue drum. The musical eye of the steel tongue drum world.


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I HAVE PLAYED A LOT OF THE

I HAVE PLAYED A LOT OF THE DIFFERENT HANG DRUMS AND HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED A CAISA, NEVER SOUNDS AS GOOD AS HALO, BELL ART OR SPB 100%. I KNOW ITS ALL OPINION BUT PAN ART HANG IS NO1 EXCEPT THE MANUFACTURERS ARE HAVING A POINTS OF VIEW MELTDOWN IN WHICH THEY DONT WANT ANYONE TO PLAY THE INSTRUMENT PUBLICLY OR OWN OTHER HANG STYLE DRUMS???? I PLAY MUSIC AND AN SPB, ALSO IM IN A BAND WITH some of THE UK'S TOP HANG PLAYERS...WOULD LOVE TO CONTRIBUTE SOME CONTENT. THANKS. CRAIG

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AM DRUMS: We are AM Rustic,

AM DRUMS: We are AM Rustic, and we would like to make a small correction. Our drums are called AM Drums.
More information:
AM Rustic will tune your AM Drum to any scale you choose. AM Drums can also be hand-painted in the colour of your choice, and all this comes at no extra cost, with your AM Drum ready for dispatch in less than one week. All this for 150 euros (plus P&P), available to buy online.

Listen to AM Drums on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AMRDRUMS

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For more information, email: amdrums@live.com

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Hi We are AM Rustic, and we

Hi
We are AM Rustic, and we would like to make a correction. Our drums are called AM Drums.

Here is some more information:

AM DRUMS - Melodic steel tongue drums, by AM Rustic

AM Drums are made by AM Rustic, who began producing them purely out of love for the sound. When busking with their first home-made AM Drums, people would literally stop in their tracks and seemed to be happily hypnotised. The effect was addictive and AM Rustic began to make as many as they could sell, to spread this feeling as far and wide as possible.

Several years later, their experience has led them to refine the production process to maximise the quality of the instrument.

All AM Drums are tuned very slowly and carefully, by hand, to achieve the right notes.

AM Rustic always keep a selection of AM Drums in stock (ready for immediate dispatch), including these commonly used scales:

Aolian - A, D, E, F, G, A, A#, C
Ake Bono - G, C, D, D#, G, G#, C, D
Dorian - A, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Ionian - G, C, D, E, F, G, A, B
Oriental - C, D, F, A, A#, C, D, F
Pentatonic C - C, D, E, G, A, C, D, E

Listen to AM Drums on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AMRDRUMS

AM Rustic say that virtually any scale is possible (provided it can be adapted to 8 notes) and will tune your AM Drum to any scale you choose. They love a challenge and are happy to try out new or exotic scales, or different kinds of tuning.

AM Drums can also be hand-painted in the colour of your choice, and all this comes at no extra cost, with your AM Drum ready for dispatch in less than one week.

At 150 euros each, AM Drums are one of the best value melodic steel drums on the market, and are a great alternative to expensive, elusive alternatives, such as the hang.

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Hello, I'm John from

Hello, I'm John from LotusDrum -

We are located in Austin, TX and build what some may call hang drum alternatives. Our Lotus Drums are available in any tuning and choice of color. All of our drums are custom made per-order. Our building process is extensive and we strive to offer our customers a quality instrument that they will enjoy.

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