Lead pan (C) Pan and mallets only
This is Panyard's flagship chrome plated 23" steel pan with an 8.5" skirt. The surface features a standard 29-note cycle of fifths layout giving a complete equal tempered chromatic range from C4-E6.
The dependable build quality and carefully tuned intonation make this the best lead pan in the world for the price.
Steel pans are relatively young instruments that have become phenomenally popular in recent years, particularly with school music departments and events organisers.
They originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930s and are traditionally recycled from 55 gallon chemical containers.
Often incorrectly referred to as steel drums
, the whole instruments vibrate to make their characteristic Caribbean sound which means they are properly classified as 'idiophones', the same family as cymbals.
Constructed in Trinidad from specially made steel, they are then shipped to Ohio in the USA where each pan is precisely tuned and finished by experienced specialists.