How to use and maintain your musical instruments

Use and maintain your handpan, tongue drum or steeldrum

Handpans are sensitive instruments that can go out of tune easily, although being made of stainless or mild steel respectively. The effect of constant beating or hitting, significant temperature changes and numerous knocks & bumps during transport, makes the drum’s notes loose their tune and accuracy.

 Within normal regular use, the Spacedrum, as with all Steeldrums will need a re-tuning approximately every two years. This is an estimate and varies depending on use, playing style and the musician himself. We advise with these two types of drum, and their thin vibrating skins for you to play with accuracy, skill and softness. The use of the Metal Sounds mallets require a more advanced player and skill, and must be struck accurately and gently to make the most of these instruments sound potiential. 

Zenko, our steel tongue drum, has little risk of loosing its tune because of the fabrication process of the notes, which are cut directly into the steel of the thick top dome itself. Like any musical instrument, it is best to avoid putting your drum in unskilled hands and reduce their use as much as possible in over humid conditions or by the sea. It is also important to avoid playing in direct sunlight as the drum’s metal skin will expand. If you play while the metal is expanded you will detune the instrument, needing a re-tunning by Metal Sounds.

Maintaining a handpan or steel tongue drum is very simple but requires consistent and regular attention. A handpan player to prolong his instruments lifespan, should wipe it down immediately after every use (especially for the nitrided models). Cleaning products and microfibre cloths are available specifically for the maintenance of these instruments (handpan, pantam, tongue drum, steeldrums) allowing you to clean and protect against corrosion.

- SPACEDRUM EVOLUTION® (stainless steel): A cleaning wax made in our workshop, from natural beeswax and organic rapeseed oil (1.01 oz), comes free with every Spacedrum Innovation. It is advised to wax your instrument regularly in order to keep a thin protective layer on it and maintain the instruments luster. (watch tutorial video below).

- SPACEDRUM NITRO® (nitrided soft steel): The Nitro spacedrum is more prone to corrosion than the Spacedrum Evolution. Regular maintenance of this hangdrum is essential to obtain lasting protection against rust and oxidization. Therefore your handpan must be treated routinely by the application of a natural wax, oil or other suitable care product for this instrument. Metal Sounds supplies with each Spacedrum, a Deluxe Oil (1.69 oz) bottle and a Dry Touch (1.69 oz) bottle, two specially designed products for handpan maintenance and corrosion preventation. 

- ZENKO® (stainless steel): Fabricated from sheet stainless steel the Zenko does not suffer from any form of corrosion. Whether playing by hand or with mallets, regular maintenance is still important to avoid deposits of dirt, preserve its shine and maintain a good tactile contact. Use a microfiber cloth and a suitable oil like Deluxe Oil a month to clean and care for your Zenko is advised.

- STEELDRUMS (painted or chrome steel): Steeldrums normally have a painted or chromed finish. They are made from mild steel and therefore are more inclined to corrosion. Extra care must be given to ensure that their finish or coating does not deteriorate with use and time. Routine maintenance is important to keep these instruments in good condition. Simply use a slightly damp cloth to clean the drum, then dry and buff with another soft clean cloth.

CLEANING & MAINTENANCE OILS OR WAX FOR HANDPAN ET STEEL TONGUE DRUM - HOW TO CARE MY INSTRUMENT ?

Do you need cleaning products for your metal-made percussion? Discover our range of oils and waxes.


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