Nitrided Steel Handpans vs. Stainless Steel Handpans: The Differences and Similarities (plus Octave-Steel Tongue Drums for comparison)


In this video we look at the difference between what are often regarded as the two top quality handpan materials: stainless steel and nitrided steel. Stainless steel often renders a gold or copper finish and a bright, rich sound. Nitrided steel, which is probably the most widely used, often renders a gray or blueish hue and the tone is usually seen as a bit darker and moodier. The steel tongue drum was added to the mix in this comparison to give context to the range of instrument styles and pricing. Enjoy the comparison!

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Jerry Walsh is a musician and vocalist, weaving together ancient and otherworldly sounds from sacred traditions across the globe and creating shamanic sound journeys. He has collaborated with Merkaba (Kayla Scintilla), SriKala, Native American hip-hop artist Supaman, and American beatbox champion Mark Martin. He has been student of Taino elder, Maestro Manuel Rufino since 2012, studying the indigenous shamanic cultures of the Americas and other wisdom traditions. Jerry has traveled to 30 countries on five continents and spent a full year studying Buddhism and Himalayan culture in India, Nepal, and Bhutan from 2010-2011. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with the Golden Drum community when he is not on tour sharing music and meditation with partner, Ixchel Prisma.