Mini Handpan – E Akabono
A mystical scale (originally found in Japan) in the enchanting key of E.
So much freedom and exploration available in the Akabono pans
The compact Mini Handpan is perfect for beginners or as a travel companion.
E Akabono scale: (E), E, G, C, E, B, F#
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In stock (can be backordered)
The Akabono scale has no tonic or “root” note so any note in the scale can be used at the root. Even though it only has 5 different notes, the ability of each one to be the root allows a tremendous amount of freedom and exploration. This collection of notes is quite hypnotic, majestic, mysterious and almost enchanting and simultaneously haunting.
Inspired by the European hang drum, our Mini Handpans have 7 distinct note panels and ship with a protective backpack style bag.
With a strong Steel Pan drum flavour in their sound, these Mini Handpans are great for anyone wanting a smaller, compact size pan to add a rich, melodic sound to their ensemble.
We were stoked to recently land our first batch of Mini Handpans … it’s been a long journey to finally get the sound and texture we want in this compact version.
We are 100% sure you’ll love the brighter tonal quality and overall sound on this model
Tuning: E Akabono (Blue)
Dimensions: 40cm x 17cm
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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