Phoenix Handpan Oil Rust Protection- Test and Review.

Phoenix Handpan Oil Rust Protection- Test and Review.

Hi everybody and welcome back to our blog. Today I am going to tell you about a new oil, called Phoenix. This oil is 99% natural and researched for the express purpose to prevent any and all steel pans and handpans from rusting.

I’m happy to write a review about it today because it is an oil made in Italy by personal friends of mine, but obviously i will not be biased because of this, quite the contrary, my tests are always very impartial and don’t know friends nor foes.

That said, i immediately put Phoenix to the task in a comparative test with other products.

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Ballistol
  • Froglube
  • and, of course, the new Phoenix oil.

The first quality to appear is its enjoyable scent. It’s not greasy, but more importantly, a very small amount is enough to treat the entire surface of a handpan.

The second positive fact is that the product works also very well in terms of protection and duration on the surface. It enhances the pan with a natural and pleasant shining. It also feels much better than other products.

I tested the product on a non nitrited Meraki shell (Shellopan) and let it sit outside without any cover for 7 days, 4 days of which it was raining and were extremely humid.

The part that had been treated with Phoenix remained unaltered and didn’t develop any rust. Apart from that it remained shiny even after a week of weathering. A truly positive result.

Another positive factor of Phoenix is that it is a product apt to easily remove dirt off the instrument, without having to use any other cleaning products.

A small bottle contains 100ml, the perfect amount for air travel to be packed as carry-on. Nothing more to say, I will surely use only Phoenix in the future, i even took the liberty of offering it in my shop HERE.

Below there are a few pictures of the test carried out in November.

Thank you Alessia and Benny & Phoenix for dedicating Passion, Investment and time to this new things and evolving this world called Handpan….Pantam , Pan ecc.. 😀

Special thx to my brother David Hauser

Big Hug and See you next time…

Alessio Hangcare.


Leaf Sound Sculpture-Arboreal (Eb) Bb B Db Eb Gb Bb B Eb 2017 Handpan HcT Review

Today I’m happy to do a review for a maker who deserves all love from the community and mine Love of course. A great Brother and an example of life for me His name is Zach. For those of you who do not know Zach he’s the creator of Leaf sound sculpture the famous Pan with the white leaf 😀

What to say, Zach is a master in every sense that manages with his hands and his inventiveness and ingenuity to create delicate sound, perfect instruments with a sweet sound. His technique of construction and the research of materials make him one of the extremely competent handpan makers in the world.

The pan that I present today is made with Classic DC04 ( no stainless steel) but it have an unexpected and new surprise on the GU side.
But first I would like to tell you the funny story of why Zach created this Pan with an IMPEDANCE SUPPRESSOR made in Aluminum in the GU.

It all started with a review I did about a year and a half ago in USA of a HALO Arboreal (Eb) Bb B Db Eb Gb Bb B Eb. As many will know this scale on classical measures is impossible to achieve. The impedances would be too dominant and the instrument would be dirty and full of flaws but the Halo tried was sublime and pure perfect sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7Rf1gxtqk

After zach saw my video he fell in love with the scale and he started to studying how to cut impedances on Eb Bb and do it on regular size handpan .. From Here is his impedance suppressor born.

Part take from Zach.:
Impedance suppressor
With this simple object it will redirect the sound waves and reflect on themselves, it also reduces the bandpass inside the body itself creating a solid free environment for the notes to sing/breathe. This has shown to work best with a not so resonant material to refuse further complications with the helmholz.

I was pleasantly surprised to play this instrument and have almost the same feelings as when I tried this scale on a HALO.
I thought it was not possible to play this scale anymore..
Brothers… Incredible cleanliness and clarity that this Leaf has. The dynamics are excellent and it’s easy to get lost in its sweetness harmonics….My gosh i love this scale … NO WAY…
Shaping and construction are maniacally precision and this accessory in the GU makes the instrument really compact but nice sustain at the same time. Hard to describe, just playing it you can understand the incredible research and development work that was done behind this handpan.
Obviously at the end of the review I kept the instrument because I could not let it escape and not keep it forever in my private collection.
Zach Thanks again for everything, I love you and I hope to hugs you soon ! !
More info:  www.leafsoundsculptures.com


Flowpan- C Prodigal - By Karumi Steel 2017-Handpan HcT Review

Thank you all for the thousands of mails I receive on the blog, and pardon me for being inconsistent with new video releases. I promise to find more time to dedicate to this project.

Today, I would like to talk to you about a young maker, who, in very little time went through a pleasant transformation, producing top notch instruments. I referring to the new FlowPan by Karumi Steel from Poland.

We have been friends for a long time and I practically followed his work from the very start and I have seen his progress. In a single year, he transformed his instrument in an incredible way.

I had the chance to try out a minor scale at hang out UK and asked him if could write a review. This handpan is really wonderful to play, it has great sustain and the harmonics are very pleasant.

Obviously it has a few crosstalk issues, but they are pleasantly veiled by the beautiful harmonics and the powerful volume the instrument has in general.

You can tell that it has been built with passion and love for his work, far beyond the business connected with it. Priced at about 1400€ it is certainly a pan to keep an eye on for any category of players. From

easily pleased beginners to hard to please experts. The instrument is nitrated and has an enjoyable touch. Also the finishing and the color are those of TOP SHELF pans. Little else to add, I can only wish you to try out a Flowpan as soon as possible. You won’t regret it. A brief video to showcase the pan.

Big hug ….

Alessio Hangcare.

For more info on FlowPan, please click here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/karumisteel/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlsZoOdtFXo


PanAmor – F) C C# Eb F G Ab C Eb - Mandala Design 2017 Handpan HcT Review

Hi everybody, and thanks for being closer and closer with the HcT crew family ;-)… Excuse my absence from the blog, but now i have finally returned after numerous commitments and festivals, which have embellished our summer lives, and i’m proud to bring you some fresh news from the world.

Today, i want to tell you about a British couple, lovely and crazy at the same time i would say.

I’m talking about PanAmor F) C C# Eb F G Ab C Eb – Mandala Design 2017 In the video below, i’m playing an integral scale with a beautiful, high quality mandala design on top of it. This instrument was built in August 2017, hence that was built very recently.

At any rate, besides the external beauty of the instrument and the wonderful, slightly iridescent coloring, I am very satisfied with sound.

Crystal clear and neat sound, sweet and sharp harmonics, sum up to an instrument that is pleasant to play for hours on end.

The control and dynamics of PanAmor is definitely to my liking. Easy to play and resistant even to harder and more audacious playing. This instrument is an instrument for everybody. Both seasoned pan players and beginners who are only starting to peak into this world.

And where put this Amazing Mandala? FULL 360° Artist inside this instrument… Congratulation..

 

Anyway, better say little and play more. I leave you with the video and i catch you again at the next blog entry….. No worries.


Meridian Handpan - C# Annaziska 2017 – Handpan HcT Review

Hello everybody and welcome back …
Today I’m happy to review the work of a builder who I’m following since he started.

The name of the brand is Meridian, the builder comes from the UK.
He started strong from the very beginning, selling his prototypes at reasonable prices, but what I always liked about him is the passion he dedicates to his craft.

The instrument he kindly sent me for the review is an Annaziska C minor; a classic scale which many of us love.
The first thing to be noticed about this pan is its finishing.

The colour, the brass rim, the ding is so shiny you can mirror yourself in it. All these factors are signs for extreme care and love for the craft. I truly commend
the aesthetic finishing.

The moment I started playing, I liked it right away. It has very smooth
harmonics even if, for my personal taste, they resonate almost too much
at times, but as a whole, the sustain is incredible and for all the fans of long pauses, this pan is a must to have in a collection.

The ding too is really profound and well made and surely for those who love the style of long lasting sounds with lots of pauses, this instrument is an ideal companion for sound meditation.

The tuning is perfect with very little crosstalk. Dynamics are really perfect too, despite its long sustain.

The pan is also beautifully controllable.
All this without even talking about the selling price, which is in the neighborhood of 1150 Pounds corresponding to about 1300,00 EUROS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKw3hKz8bFs


TaoPan 2017 – Kurd 8 – Handpan HcT Review

JAN TAO Hello everybody and welcome back to this highly debated blog … a little bird told me that i’m dictating the market with this blog and i think it’s madness to even think something like this.
I always pointed out that this blog originates from the passion that I have for everything i do and i think this instrument deserves all of my attention, which will remain personal, but expressed publicly.
So, expressing a personal evaluation has become problematic? Do I rule the roost and be damaging or favouring some builders over others? If this is the case, I could stop tomorrow because that would mean that everything i wanted to get across in all these years is completely lost.

I would like to get some feedback regarding this topic, but non on this post… this post is dedicated to Jan TAO … i think  a new revelation in the Pan World…
He works in Germany and is profoundly dedicated to learning every detail of the manufacturing of these instruments. A student of Zach (Leaf Handpan) and others like Jan Borren and many more…
I saw his talent right away from the videos i watched on FB, especially a Kurd 8 made me stop in my mouse and turn up the volume… We got into contact and he unexpectedly sent me the very pan present in this video.
The scale: D A Bb C D E F G A.  At first touch you can tell there is still some work to do. He is a young maker, who is learning but at the same time i could feel an instrument full of life, rich in sound and sweet harmonies.

As you start playing it, it is enjoyable to touch but especially enjoyable to play. It is very warm and profound and it’s obvious that there is a lot of love in what he does. He is serious about it and most of all you can tell his effort to create an instruments in the future worthy of the TOP shelf.

At any rate, speaking with Jan, i understood that he is a person full of passion and the will to leave a mark in the future. Going back to the instrument, also the nitrated finishing is sweet and smooth to the touch, even if personally i would have preferred a less grey look… but looks is the last and least factor i consider.

Its greatest flaw for now is stability. When played strongly the sounds tends to spread and screech a little bit, but nonetheless it has good dynamics and is very pleasant to play.

I spent some time with it and i must say i had a good time playing it in the past few weeks. What to say, i leave you with a couple of videos from the panroom and leave it to you to evaluate this Taopan, a new builder added to this garden of more or less established fantastic builders.

I leave you here telling you for the umpteenth time that everything i write here and in all the other posts are and always will be purely PERSONAL evaluations and I think you should all take my words as a cue for growth and not for judgement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmR-kfLDuyM

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Welcome for Evatek Turtle by Hardcase Technologies

Hello again, everyone. I wanted to thank the entire community for the support that I receive each day. Your enthusiasm constantly pushes me to create something new that can best meet your needs.

I’m really happy to announce the upcoming release of the Evatek Turtle.

Thx Benny for you Lovely Help 😉
Given the experience acquired in recent years, we decided to expand the Evatek collection by offering various accessories.

Today, the new Evatek Turtle reflects our ideas regarding the comfort and the hand-luggage portability needed for air travel by creating a very compact bag, one smaller than the medium-sized Evatek.

Obviously smaller than the medium-sized Evatek, it can carry instruments like the Hang, Bellart, RAV drum, Tankdrum, or any other handpan that is no larger than a Hang or Bellart.

We are also working to make them compatible for larger instruments, with many innovations being planned. We just need you to be patient with us. Trust me; it will be worth your while. 😀

Returning to Evatek Turtle, we have used the same components as Evatek, while improving the quality of small elements. In particular, we have completely changed the design, making it easier to carry on your back and shoulders.

I can assure you that the special memory-foam pads help you to forget that you have more than 10 kg on your back.

The four laces added to the sides make the Evatek Turtle a multifunctional bag, an extra bag to sometimes be used to carry such bulky items as a tent, a sleeping bag, or chairs to campgrounds, as I designed it also with the idea of outdoor activities and excursions.

Although incredibly spacious, the Evatek Turtle is small enough to be carried as hand luggage on board a plane without any problem.

It is my belief that anyone who has a Panart or RAV drum will be on cloud nine.

In fact, I created a special neoprene pocket on the front to safely store the instrument yet still have room for clothes or other items for your trip.

Having enough room to hold both a RAV drum and 3-6 days’ worth of clothes is a miracle come true.

As regards the Panart, Bellart, or similarly sized instruments, the neoprene section remains closed to create an air space between the foam and the notes of the instrument. Or it can be opened and then rolled up. I will soon be posting video tutorials that explain exactly how it works and suggest a few tricks to use it better which will make it last longer.

Both the Evatek New Batch and the Evatek Turtle will be available towards the end of February.

I have to apologize for some production delays that have pushed everything back by a few weeks.


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… 😀

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) 😀 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.

Ciao

Alessio Hangare


Shaktipan E Minor + Shaktonn - Handpan HcT review

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

Alessio Hangcare.

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

Alessio Hangcare.