Jan'Pannen (Jan Borren) 2017 – Kurd 17 – Handpan HcT Review

Hello everybody and welcome back to our review appointment.

Once again, today i'm dedicating 5 minutes of my busy life to talk about a personality, who absolutely doesn't need any introduction or review from me, but it is always a pleasure.

First because we're friends and second because when you have the chance to get your hands on beauties like this Jan Borren Kurd 17 :-O, it would be stupid to let it slip through.

It all came about through a nice surprise visit by Benny Bettane (thanks brother), who in October came by with a Jan Borren Kurd 17.

A pan that certainly keeps you busy, given all the notes on the bottom... For sure, it is not for rookies and seen that I am a little bit of a rookie, I could try it out only half way through, i.e. I only played the top notes, leaving the bottom side for another recording.

I hope i will be forgiven for that. Anyway, to go back to the review, Jan Borren i think is well known with fame and glory... very young, but with such a genius mind that it's hard to imagine him being so young.


He is churning out sublime, timeless creations and personally i think of him as an artist and not only a handpan maker. Every time I try out a Jan Pan my jaw drops a little further and, as is the case for very few other builders, i can't find any flaws in his instruments worth pointing out.. only a lot of beauty and the desire to have one for myself... :-D

What can I tell you my friends... this Kurd too, is marvelous with its unbelievably many notes. The precision is that of a laser surgeon and the harmonics are like high speed bullets. This Kurd 17 is so bright and crystal clear that it pierces your ear (in a good way, obviously).

The dynamic is so enjoyable that you would never want to stop playing it, and whether you play it delicately or heavy-handed, the sound always extends softly and never goes into distortion or dissonance, rather, it creates a magical aura.

Even the crossover audible in the video and in reality at times, makes it incredibly enjoyable and all melts down to full perfection... Also the colour, surface and touch are truly beautiful and very similar to Ayasa instruments. Mamma mia .. I don't have any other words to describe it...

I can only leave you to the video in the hopes to do it justice as I said above.

A heartfelt hug to all of you .

Good Vibes .. With Love .

Yishama Pantam 2017 - DANAYO SCALE - Handpan HcT Review

Hello everybody and welcome back to the HCT blog. Today I would like to tell you about a builder whose work has already been reviewed in my blog some months ago. I decided to make another review of the Yishama, by Yonatan Bar, because it is simply inexplicable that he was able to further improve an already amazing instrument in only 4 months.

Now he made another leap in quality and the things to say are plenty. Obviously there are no words to describe it accurately in its entirety. Maybe, before we try to understand how this instrument is such a beauty, we first have to understand what's behind this resounding marvel. Yonatan, a guy like us, sweet, affectionate with an innate musical talent. I discovered during my trip in Israel that he is great and talented musician.We talked for a whole evening and the positive energy, which he works into his instruments is tangible... I have no words for the lightness he has towards life and for the passion and professionalism with which he works. So young but so centered inside.... it is rare to find such gifts nowadays.

Be that as it may, going back to the instrument, it is practically impossible to find flaws in this pan. I can only say that it is very close to perfection, but most of all, it is fully in line with my style and the vision I have for this wonderful instrument.


The result?? A pristine pan, brilliant just the right amount, with a honey sweet sound and with hundreds of different harmonic sounds. A pan that, in the hands of professionals, might really take you to the moon and back (no space crafts needed) :-D What impressed me the most is the range of dynamics, which Yishama bears within. Impressive how you can generate a resounding wave and an indescribable flow. It takes you away and sometimes you feel like the pan is playing by itself.


It's practically impossible to get bored with the Yishama, and regardless of the new scale, which is truly most beautiful, everything else is balanced to perfection. There is not a single note that is higher or lower than another and the precision when playing is unbelievable.

Right now, Yonatan works with very small lists and is not producing very many instruments each year. This is a good thing, because he dedicates all of his almost maniacal attention to each instrument, which he delivers only personally. Yes, personally. You heard right. He doesn't ship anywhere, and if you want a Yishama you have to undertake a nice trip to Israel, you have to meet him and enjoy the full experience.... What else to say?... A pan to have in a collection, and now that it is part of mine, I'm truly satisfied.

A special hug to another brother I found outside of time and space.... Thank you Yonatan :-*

P.S More info for Yishama Pantam go here.

A heartfelt hug to everybody around the World.


Alessio Hangare