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 News Music Industry 05/11/2019

How To Buy A Steel Drum Instrument

How To Buy A Steel Drum Instrument

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) You want to play the handpans. But seeing the endless variety of steel drums for sale is paralyzing and you just can't make up your mind? No panic! Pour a good cup of Melissa tea, make yourself comfortable on a couch and go on reading. Here's a sweet 'n short guide that will help you to choose and buy a steel drum.


Are you sure which steel drum you are searching for? You might have already googled or yahooed the info about steel drums and search results have shown a great variety of steel pan instruments. Too easy to get confused with all these names. The name of steel drum refers to many instruments like tank drums, pan drums, Trinidadian traditional steel drums, and many others. But if you once have heard an ethereal, lush andmelodious sound that seemed to come out of nowhere, you will be searching for hang-alike drum instruments or metal tongue drums. Both look like 2 joint steel hemispheres, with the dimples on the top of handpan and tongues in case of tongue drum. Handpan sounding is based on the tension principle. Musician strikes the tensed surface and the whole instrument makes noise - a warm and velvety sound. Tongue drums like RAV Vast sound when their tongues vibrate being tapped. Both sound great but each instrument has its own peculiarities. 


It's time to choose which one you want. Whatever instrument you choose, you are more likely to look for a really good sound.  If so, size and technical parameters are what you should pay your attention to.

Simple physics here. Sound is about vibration and resonance. The bigger the instrument is, the louder and the more reverberated the sound is as the instrument resonates more.  If you want your drum to create a lush and loud sound, opt for a bigger instrument. RAV Vast drums are just a little smaller than handpans, but produce the same amazing sound at a much more affordable price. Surely you can play on a soucer-sized drum, but the bigger it is, the better is the sound. And good sound is exactly what you desire, right?

Instruments also differ with tuning which determines the character of sounding - higher or lower. The tuning is noted in the name of a drum. For instance, RAV Vast E Low Pygmy tuning is E. Choose the tuning that sounds more pleasant for your ear as this is going to be the main tune of all the music you will make with the drum. 


It's time to make it yours! You know which steel drum you want, so next you obviously will be asking, how can I buy it?

When searching for handpans for sale, you can go to music shop or opt for online shopping. Steel drums are on high demand so you are sure to find them in almost every music shop or partnering entities. For instance, RAV is partnering with music shop and distributors all over the world, just find the nearest to you. You can come, touch and try the instrument you liked the most and make your final decision then.

If you are already pretty sure which steel drum you'd like to purchase and don't want to spend time on this, then move instantly to purchasing online. The drum will be sent to you from the shop.

At RAV we accurately pack each drum and send it to you with authorized shipping service. Just enter the website and go straightly to the catalog section. You can fin all the instruments available for purchasing in drums tab. You will find the drums of two types: RAV Pan and RAV Vast. RAV Pan is our version of a classic sound of handpan, varying in tuning.  RAV Vast is a uniquely designed authentic metal tongue drum. Few variations of tuning provide variations for sounding. Both types of instruments are high quality steel drums with different sound character. Choose one that suits your preferences the best.

When purchasing a steel drum, you will also need some essentials like case so go directly to our accessories section. If you still have some questions about the product, you can ask them in a pop-up form and we'll instantly contact you to provide with the most accurate information.

Personal reviews are also a great source of the practical info. Check out our Social Media where people eagerly share their experience playing the RAV drums.

Have chosen the exact drum and some accessories? It's time to push a big "purchase" button! Easy to say and easy to do. Just fill in a short purchase form. Now get ready to meet the courier with your dream drum will knock your door and start playing your dream drum before you know it!

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