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Handpans are an instrument that has been around for a long time but is still new to many people. You may be wondering, “What are the different types of handpan?” Well, wonder no more! Here is a quick guide on what you can expect from various handpan types:


The most common material used for handpans is steel. Steel is heavy, which means that steel pans will generally be the heaviest of all three types. This can be good or bad depending on your needs: if you’re looking for something to carry around with you, then perhaps a lighter pan would be more appropriate. However, if you want an instrument that sounds great but stays put on stage or in your studio (and doesn’t need to be moved around much), then steel may be the best choice for you!

Steel handpans are also less expensive than titanium or aluminum and even though they weigh more than their counterparts from other materials, they still cost less overall since they don’t require extra materials like titanium does (which requires extra processing). So, whether it’s durability or affordability that matters most to you or both steel might just become your favorite material after all!


Aluminum is a very strong material that can be used in the construction of handpans. It is also lightweight, which makes it ideal for this purpose. Aluminum is not as expensive as other materials and can be easily worked with by handpan builders who are new to metalworking or who want to try this type of craft at home.


Titanium handpans are very popular, and for good reason. They’re extremely light and strong, which makes them perfect for traveling musicians or anyone who wants to take their handpan with them wherever they go. Titanium is also a good choice if you live in a cold climate because it’s not affected by temperature changes like other materials (such as wood). However, the main drawback of titanium is its cost: it’s much more expensive than other materials such as aluminum or copper.


Fiberglass handpans are made from fiberglass and epoxy resin. Fiberglass is a composite material made from two or more materials that are combined to create a stronger, lighter, and more durable product than either material alone. The most common types of fiberglass used in handpan construction are woven glass cloth (a type of fabric), mat-reinforced plastic (a type of foam) and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (a type of foam). Fiberglass is lightweight and durable enough for beginners to use, but also sounds great when played by experienced players!

Handpans come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and materials.

Handpans are generally made from steel, aluminum, titanium and fiberglass. Each material has its own unique sound characteristics that can be heard through the tone of the instrument. Steel is a very heavy material that produces a deep bass sound with great resonance; aluminum produces a lighter tone than steel with less sustain; titanium produces an even lighter tone than aluminum with even less sustain but better high end clarity; fiberglass produces an extremely light weight instrument with excellent sustain due to its high elasticity properties (similar to rubber).

  • Size: Handpan dimensions vary depending on their intended use some are designed for portability while others are meant to be played standing up or on your lap like drums would be played at home (or even used as percussion instruments). The most common sizes range from around 10 inches wide by 7 inches tall up to 16 inches wide by 11 inches tall!
  • Shape: Handpan shapes can range anywhere from round discs like bells or gongs do when struck against each other; flat discs resembling xylophones where notes are played differently depending on where they’re pressed down onto them; oval shaped ones which resemble marimbas but have longer bars instead these last two types usually have fewer notes per octave than bells/gongs do because their longer bars produce higher frequencies when struck compared to shorter bars which produce lower frequencies when struck against one another!


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