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The VibeDrum is classed as a Hank or Steel Tongue Drum. This melodious percussion instrument is offered in two forms: The Single VibeDrum and the Double VibeDrum. Within these two forms we offer various colours and Pentatonic or Custom scales to choose from. We believe that our drums are one of the best Hank Drums around in terms of sound quality, portability, note layout, durability and value for your and money.
The notes have a hexagonal shape which brings focus to the “sweet spot” of each note. The drums are 100% zinc plated inside and out to protect them from the elements. Then our drums are “Powder Coat” painted which is more environmentally friendly than spray paints. We don’t cut corners with the Powder Coat we use a Sparkling, exotic super high quality 2 part system which offers superb durability and scratch resistance to the beautiful high gloss finish.
The Single VibeDrum has 9 tuned notes in pentatonic scales ranging from F-Minor all the way down to D-Major. The notes are laid out in a double clockwise circle with the middle note also being the middle note of the scale. The bottom of the drum does not have a large hole in it so it forms a perfect parabolic dish. The drum is lightweight and has a slim design so it easily fits into a Daypack or in your Carry-On. For more detailed information including videos and product specifications click here: Single VibeDrum
The Double VibeDrum is unique as it is the only drum in it’s class that has 18 notes on two playing heads. We were the first to create the “double” concept (patent pending) and we are the only Steel Tongue Drum manufacturer to offer it.
This drum has a total of 18 notes, 9 on each side, in two completely different contrasting scales. A high pitch scale on one side such as F-Minor and a lower pitch scale on the other such as D-Major. So in essence the Double VibeDrum is like 2 Single VibeDrums in one.
However in order to maintain the sound quality the Double is slightly larger ( ½” in diameter and 1” higher) than the Single. It is also one pound heavier. In spite of it’s larger size it is still compact enough to fit in your Carry-On or Daypack. For more information including videos and product specifications please click here: Double VibeDrum
The variety of uses of this unique instrument never ceases to amaze us.
Music: Because of it”s beautiful sound and the ease in which it can be played it is very popular as a personal musical instrument, to facilitate a meditative or trance state. It is being used in bands ranging from Folk to New Age to Ost bands and even in a German Heavy Metal band.
Massage: Because of it’s light weight, slim design and smooth bottom it is being used extensively in Europe for Massage Therapy. In fact we were the first ones that invented and developed the “VibeDrum Massage” to help everything from back and shoulder pain to muscle cramps and more.
Other Uses: We know that it is being used in Alternative Medicine for energy work, Chakra clearing and energizing as well as meridian clearing and energizing. We have also seen it used in combination with Reike treatments. Because of it’s calming effect it is also being used by some psychologists to treat nervousness and anxiety disorders. For more details on the different uses of our VibeDrum including links to some of our customers websites click here: VibeDrum Uses
These drums are relatively new as far as musical instruments go. Because of this there seems to be some confusion as to exactly what they are called which makes it difficult and confusing when doing an internet search. Thus we have seen a number of terms being used, including; Hang (drum), handpan drum, steel pan drum, slit drum, tank drum, steel drum, steel tongue drum and hank drum. So let’s demystify this by exploring the differences.
The VibeDrum is a Hank Drum also known as a Steel Tongue Drum which originated out of the Tank Drum. The first tank drums were made out of old propane or butane cylinders…they sound okay but they always have a hollow hard steel aspect to them. Our VibeDrum evolved out of this concept into it’s current form, which is far superior, and is a Hank Drum which is a combination of the words Hang drum and Tank drum. Because of the way that the notes are cut it is also known as a Steel Tongue Drum.
The Panart Company located in Switzerland is the innovator of the handpan drum they call it a ‘Hang”. It became very popular in Europe but some people feel that due to it’s price and availability it brought about a host of other Handpan or Steelpan drum manufacturers. These drums borrow upon the Steel Drum concept but everything is basically turned inside out.
Steel Drums are the ones you see in the Caribbean, traditionally made from an old 55 gallon steel drum. The notes are created by indenting the steel with a hammer although much more modern methods are used today. Handpan drums are based upon this principle its just that they inverted the drum and made it convex instead of concave and added a bottom shell to it to bring out the notes when played by hand instead of hard mallets.
Although you may want to class a VibeDrum as a Slit Drum it really isn’t. A Slit Drum is traditionally made of wood in the shape of a rectangular box. The notes are cut into the top of the box usually in long rectangles.
Double Unpainted but Zinc Plated
Single Unpainted but Zinc Plated
Price: €404 Basic
Price: €304 Basic
C-Major in D
Custom Scales such as 432 Mghz and more also available
Price: €339 Basic
Price: €439 Basic
A Short Video of our Vibedrum Colours