Hello everybody and welcome back to our pan appointment. Today we will talk about the Shakti Pan from Italy.
I had the opportunity to try out several creations by Andrea (Tonella) and each time, I must say, I’m surprised at the fast pace at which he is improving and at the good instruments he’s building.
In this post, I have put together to different Shakti pans. One is an E Minor, built around the summer of 2016. Thank you Adrian Portia for letting me borrow it for the video.
The pan is very clear in sound and the interferences, which are audible here and there, are not bothering at all. The pan is very pleasant to play. It is well balanced and has honestly nothing to envy to many builders who are famous in the handpan scene by now. The tuning of the fundamentals as well as the harmonics is well made and one can tell there is a lot of attention behind this instrument.
It wasn’t built on a whim and Andrea’s passion resounds in all its glory, most of all in the Shaktonn (the thicker and heavier version of the Shakti Pan. Shaktonn is not its official name, but the chosen name of the owner of said pan).
Yes, because in the 2nd video of the blog you will notice a different Shakti Pan. The thicker and heavier model which its owner has called “Shaktonn”. David H. let me borrow it for 10 minutes ;-D .. Thanks my friend.
I absolutely wanted to record it because I was pleasantly struck. It is totally different from the regular Shakti Pan… with its 1.25 thickness, it is a pan full of surprises. Beautiful…profound but controlled and full of details at the same time.
I would define its sound as colorful and round, but most of all, I like it because of its stability and dynamics. I was surely more enthusiastic about this one then the other one, and, if I had to choose between the two I tried, this one is the Shakti
I would want in the collection of my pan room. ;-D . The only flaw of the Shaktonn that sticks out is the exterior finishing, but I admit, perfection does not exist, and what counts in the most of all is the sound and not its exterior aspect. There is always time to work on those improvements..
Anyway, the final evaluation is more than positive and I feel good about recommending it to friends and acquaintances, as well as for expert pan players obviously… . For more info about price and list contact here:
Thank you to Adrian Portia and David Hauser for sharing their instruments with me and most of all Thank You to Andrea. Your creations are getting more and more beautiful every day.
Big hug and see you soon