Master Series Handpan – C Ursa Minor
C Ursa Minor – (C), G, Ab, C, D, Eb, F, G
Tuned to C, this is our lowest-tuned handpan!
Comes with a padded carry backpack.
Our Master Series Handpans are made from first grade pressed iron and have a larger volume, to help their resonance. Extra time is taken to tune higher sympathetic frequencies, resulting in a more harmonically balanced instrument.
Dimensions: 57cm x 25cm
Weight: 6kg including backpack
Watch this handpan in action below >>Headphones recommended.
In stock (can be backordered)
Ursa Minor, meaning Little Bear, is another winner in the handpan world. Similar to the Gudu and Integral tunings, Ursa minor is a variation of the natural minor scale. This time, there is no 7th note (usually B or Bb). This omission causes the scale to hover between the natural and harmonic minor, letting the listener interpret for themselves how the mood is established through the music. The notes are clustered in the upper register of the scale, creating upward movement as we are carried to the stars by the flowing melody.
The handpan is a new and mysterious instrument, distantly related in principle to the steelpan of Trinidad and Tobago, but inspired in sound by the Hang of Switzerland. Played by hand, rather than sticks or mallets, the handpan has a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing a handpan. A player with patience and an open mind and will be rewarded with deep layers of complexity to explore.
Maintenance & Care
We recommend ongoing care and maintenance on handpans. Here are a few tips to protect the handpan from rusting and other damage:
♪ Sweat may deposit salts to the surface, which contribute to rust formation. Before playing, wash and dry your hands.
♪ Don’t play the handpan if it’s hot (for example, if it’s been in the sun).
♪ Handpans should only be played gently and with one finger at a time: No hands, fists, or mallets.
♪ After each play, wipe down the instrument with a soft, clean, dry cloth (preferably microfibre).
♪ Clean your handpan every 6 – 12 months to remove dirt & oils: Use isopropyl alcohol, or a more gentle rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethanol based of 50-75%, diluted with water). Use a soft cloth on both sides, the rim, and the inside.
If your handpan has oil on it, you’ll need to re-apply it since the cleaning will remove the oil.
♪ Store your handpan in a cool place, and out of direct sunlight, ideally outside the case in a safe place. If stored inside the case, leave the zip 1/4 open to release the moisture from the case. Check that the foam in the case doesn’t get damp.
Would you like more advice on how to deal with rust or would like to ask another question? contact us and we’ll be happy to guide you!
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