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Metal percussion instruments are magical instruments that offer a wide variety of sounds and musical expressions. Whether it's a handpan, a steel drum, or a steel tongue drum, choosing the perfect instrument is essential to be able to appreciate and enjoy it for a long time.

In this section, we explain the different criteria to consider when choosing the right instrument, as well as tips for purchasing and maintaining a metal percussion instrument. We will also discuss pricing because it's important to have an idea of the price range for a handpan or a steel tongue drum based on their quality level, number of notes, warranties, and after-sales services offered, etc.

How to select your melodic metal percussion?

Choosing a handpan, tongue drum, or steel drum is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Regardless of the type of metal percussion instrument you choose, you should take the time to listen carefully and compare different models to find the one that best suits your musical style, preferences, and needs based on how you intend to use it.

The selection criteria may vary depending on the type of instrument, but factors such as brand, material, number of notes, pitch range, finish, and price should be considered before making a purchase. In any case, a good instrument will meet quality standards and offer a rich and unique sound. Once you have found the perfect instrument for your musical needs, you can fully enjoy the magical sounds it produces under the touch of your fingers or drumsticks.

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How much does a metal percussion instrument cost?

The handpan and steel tongue drum market is highly dynamic. The prices of these instruments vary considerably depending on the materials, brand, size, and number of notes. There are high-end handpan models that can cost over 5000 euros, but there are also more affordable options for those on a limited budget.

The price of a steel tongue drum, for example, is influenced by factors such as the manufacturing process, sound quality, available scales, and the inclusion of additional accessories. These instruments can be found for sale in music stores, online marketplaces, as well as directly from manufacturers' websites, often at significantly different prices.

A chrome-plated tenor steeldrum can cost between 1400 and 3500 euros, while a six-bass chromed model can reach up to 5700 euros. Models with fewer notes are generally less expensive than chromed steeldrums offered by specialized manufacturers. Before purchasing an instrument, it's important to assess your budget carefully to acquire a handpan, steeldrum, or steel tongue drum that suits your needs.

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Where can I buy a musical metal instrument?

Buying a handpan or steel drum can be an exciting experience, but it's important to proceed with caution. There are several options for acquiring these wonderful instruments, ranging from direct sales from manufacturers or music stores to general online platforms and private resale.

Regardless of the method, make sure to thoroughly check the quality and condition of the product, as well as the warranties and level of after-sales service before making your purchase. Request detailed photos or videos, try to meet the seller in person if possible, and ask any questions that come to mind in order to make the best possible choice.

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Maintaining my metal musical instrument

It is important to take precautions to maintain the quality and longevity of your handpan, steeldrum, or tongue drum. This involves gentle use of your instrument, cleaning and protection with oil or wax, and avoiding direct exposure to sunlight or humid and salty environments.

Proper storage is also essential. If your instrument becomes out of tune, it is advisable to contact the manufacturer or, if necessary, a specialized workshop for professional retuning and repairs.

Lastly, metal percussion instruments like the handpan, steel tongue drum, or steeldrum should be handled with care and regularly maintained to enjoy them for many years.

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