A quick history of the Steel Tongue Drum from Wikipedia:
“The steel tongue drum had several predecessors, most notably the Whale Drum by Jim Doble and the Tambiro by Felle Vega. In February 2007 Dennis Havlena, inspired by the physical properties of the Tambiro and the tone layout of the Hang, created a steel tongue drum with a circular cross pattern layout and from an empty 20-pound propane tank. Steel Tongue Drums are similar to, but are not handpans.
Steel Tongue Drums are Idiophones!
An idiophone is any musical instrument that creates sound primarily by the instrument as a whole vibrating—without the use of strings or membranes. It is the first of the four main divisions in the original Hornbostel-Sachs scheme of musical instrument classification (see List of idiophones by Hornbostel-Sachs number). The early classification of Victor-Charles Mahillon called this group of instruments autophones.
Most percussion instruments that are not drums are idiophones. Hornbostel-Sachs divides idiophones into four main sub-categories. The first division is the struck idiophones (sometimes called concussion idiophones). This includes most of the non-drum percussion instruments familiar in the West. They include all idiophones made to vibrate by being struck, either directly with a stick or hand (like the wood block,singing bowl, steel tongue drum, triangle or marimba)—or indirectly, by way of a scraping or shaking motion (like maracas or flexatone). Various types of bells fall into both categories.
Kindred Spirit Steel Tongue Drums:
Our Ascension series of Steel Tongue Drums can be purchased in single-sided 8 or 9 note options, or Double-Sided 18 note drum options.
Each Steel Tongue Drum is hand-made by our staff, with the note shapes and etchings all completed with hand-tools so each instrument is a unique piece of art. The drums are fully coated (inside and outside) with a beautiful and highly resilient powder-coating so they will not rust or tarnish. The colors we have chosen are exceptional and this high-quality finish leaves them feeling smooth and creamy in the hands; they are an absolute dream to hold and play.
Please select from Drum Type, Scale, Key, Hertz, and Color options to create your perfectly personalized percussion instrument!
A list of scales, available keys, scale information and audio recordings can be found on our Sound Models page.
– Choice Of Scale(s)
– Choice Of Color(s)
– Rubber Mallets
– Instructional Booklet
– Feather Etchings on Tongues/Central Geometry Etch
– Red Cedar Sound Hole Plug
– Removable Rubber Feet
– Internal Rubber Dampening System
– Tuning Magnets (For 440Hz or 432Hz tuning)
– Added Pick-up System (Please allow additional time for this option)
– Carrying Bag
– Timpani Mallets
*Caution* Playing your Steel Tongue Drum too hard can cause the tongues to bend, and cause the notes to dip slightly out of tune. To avoid this, we suggest using finger-tips, thumbs or soft-strikes with the mallets we provide to play your drums. It does not require a large amount of force to create a large sound from our instruments.
*Choking Hazard* Mallets, Magnets, and other small parts can provide a choking hazard. Never leave young children alone with the mallets or magnets unsupervised.
Our drums can be made in either 440Hz, or 432Hz.
Now you may be asking yourself what the difference is between the 2 frequencies, as it is not common knowledge as to what they are referring to (although you may have heard someone commenting on the spiritual aspects of 432Hz tunings).
440Hz – This is the Western Standard, and most music that you hear on the radio, CD’s, concerts, etc is in 440Hz. There are many different ideas about why music was changed from 432Hz to 440Hz, but if you are interested in the history I suggest reading this: Theory Of Why 432Hz was Shifted To 440Hz
432Hz – The frequency of 432Hz is considered to be more harmonically stable, and because of that it is believed to be more in-line with the base vibration of the universe because when each note frequency is graphed out it creates the universal spiral. For those who have researched the Fibonacci sequence (Also known as the golden ratio, the golden mean, etc) this “spiral” will be familiar to you. For those of you who haven’t, a picture is worth a thousand words. This universal spiral is in so many things!
If you would like more information on 432Hz and the suspected benefits it has on the human psyche, please follow this link: More info on 432Hz Tuning!
Please check out our Sound Models Page to hear all the different scales we have to offer!