Handpans (panArt Hang, Saraz, Tank Drum, Rav Vast)
Wherever I play Handpans such as the Hang, the Halo, the Saraz or other types, people approach me with many questions and want to know how to acquire one for themselves to play and enjoy. Plz visit my Handpan teaching page for more information:
Here I am playing the “Halo”:
Here is the “Hang”, by PanArt, with myself playing bansuri as well:
and both Hang and Halo with sitar by Joanna Mack:
Aharon Wheels Bolsta solo on Halo
The handpan can be elusive for those who wish to buy one and learn it’s secrets.
Hang-like handpan instruments I suggest you research:
halo-made in USA, expensive, choose your own tuning, similar to hang
panArt hang- no longer available -made in Switzerland
this is what I play currently, made in the midwestern U.S.
Tankdrum- affordable, made in USA,
Beautiful sound, choose tuning, hands or mallets
hapi drum- similar to tank, some advantages, some drawbacks, different USA maker, similar price point.
Bell and other European made hang offshoots- upwards of $2000, long waiting list.
Rav Vast is beautiful, a different type of handpan with great resonance and fairly affordable
Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia all have ppl making good quality instruments.
Here are a cpl video links of me teaching or playing these instruments.
Solo on Halo:
Teaching on tank drum:
Playing both halo and hang in concert with sitarist Joanna Mack:
My Hang and other Handpan recordings for purchase:
Excerpt for recent handpan teaching review from student:
“Aharon’s experience with a diverse mix of musical traditions and various percussion instruments means that the potential of our lessons and my advancement is virtually limitless. Although each of my RAV drums only has 9 or 10 notes, he has helped me discover just how expansive my instruments truly are. I have been learning about rhythm, timing, striking techniques, concepts around taking listeners on a journey, understanding the feeling invoked by the different forms of playing, how to play melodically or percussively and how to meld the two, and so much more.”
-Josip Markus, CEO