The difference between the scales

Finishing an Yishama Pantam

The world of musical scales is so vast and beautiful, the possibilities are endless and the research never ends. It excites us to discover the opportunities that each scale provides, it is in the distance between the notes where the real magic begins. The modes can vary from deep to uplifting, sad to exciting, from […]

Which kind of stainless steel is right for me?

The question Many handpan enthusiasts are asking this question – what is the difference between 1.0mm vs 1.25mm steel and what are the benefits for each?How would I know which one to choose for my handpan? In this article we will do our best to give our point of view on this topic. We will […]

Fine tuning the pantam – #5

How to tune a pantam blog post image

Its time to fine tune!If you missed our last blog post int this series, now is the time to catch up. After 7 days of our handpan being glued under good and equal pressure by the clamps, we can now take the clamps off.Next we will cut the rest of the glue out and grind […]

Glowing the shells of the Pantam – #4

Two shells of an Yishama Pantam

It this blog post, which is the fourth in our “how to build a Pantam” series, I will guide you through the basics of how to glue the shells of the Pantam.If you didn’t read our first, second, and third chapters in the series, then now is a perfect time. Now we are ready to glue our shells!But […]

How to record a Pantam with Thomas Ben-Tov

a man sitting in a recording studio

In this blog post we set down with our long time friend, Pantam player, Pantam stand maker and sound engineer – Thomas Ben Tov. Thomas is our go to guy when it comes to recording our Pantams.He is well known in the Pantams and Handpans world, and have recorded and mixed some of the top […]

Tuning the Pantam – #3

It this blog post, which is the third in our “how to build a Pantam” series, I will guide you through the basics of how to tune a Pantam.If you didn’t read our first and second chapters in the series, then now is a perfect time. Tuning is an art form. It will take years […]

Making the dimples of the Pantam – #2

a Pantam shell and a hammer

In the last chapter we talked about choosing the kind of steel and drawing the notes. So we already drew our notes and placed them on the shell. Now it’s time to for us to take the Pantam shells and make some dimples!I would suggest for the beginning to use PVC pipes. You can stick […]

The process of building a Pantam – #1

Tolls to build a Pantam

How it all begins? After many years of designing & building Yishama Pantams, we are happy to start this series of posts. In which, we will share the process with you. We hope that maybe one day you could build your own Pantam using the most basic tools. So let’s get a taste of the […]

The Handpan / Hang history

Yishama Pantam - C#\D\E Minor 12

Today we can find several names which define the same instrument – ‘Hang’, ‘Handpan’, ‘Pantam’, ‘Hang drum’ and many others. In this article we will take a look at the history of these names and the actual physical and sound differences between them. The ‘Hang’ – Switzerland, 1999 In 1999, the Swiss percussionist Reto Weber […]