Handpan is a term for a group of musical instruments resulting from a growing worldwide interest in the Hang, an instrument invented and built by the company PANArt Hangbau AG.
Properties adopted from the Hang by most handpans are the basic form consisting of two metal half-shells glued together, a center tone field surrounded by a circle of at least seven tone fields on the upper side and an opening in the bottom side.
Differences as compared to the Hang are the used materials, the manufacturing processes of the raw forms, the shaping of the tone fields and the tuning methods.
Some handpans are also different from the basic tone field layout of the Hang.
There are still very few handpan makers, roughly less than a hundred in the entire world, making the handpan still extraordinarily difficult to obtain and expensive in comparison to other instruments.
Top line makers have waiting lists that can have orders pushed back for years due to the high demand and complexity of making the instrument.
Daniel Waples, an amazing handpan artist, climbed Machu Picchu, which is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, and composed this incredibly relaxing song.
Daniel Waples says: “For certain… I fully intend to return to Peru… This is a moment from my visit to Machu Picchu recently… Perhaps next time I can raise a budget to be able to shoot a decent video up there.”