The Jumbie Jam is by far the best quality and most authentic sounding beginners' steel pan on the market. It's the perfect gift to encourage classes of young children to make music together and explore the sounds of the Caribbean. It has also become popular with older and more advanced musicians looking to add a tropical twist to their lives.
It's named after the Jumbie, a mischievous spirit in Trinidadian folklore, and its fun feet and bright colours are sure to awaken every player's impish creativity. The pan itself is made from premium steel and built to Panyard's exact specification to ensure perfect intonation and playing ease.
When mounted on its stand, the whole assembly weighs just 2.38kgs making it very easy to handle. The stand adjusts to any height between 53-116cm and completely collapses down to allow for easy storage or transportation.
The surface features eight labelled notes spanning a major scale from G4-G5. The beginners' guide (free download) includes 5 songs written in both simple letter grids and traditional notation, and there are several further books available, each including a CD of backing tracks for classroom playalong.
Often incorrectly referred to as steel drums
, the whole instrument vibrates to make a pan's characteristic Caribbean sound which means they are properly classified as 'idiophones', the same family as cymbals.
Please note: the grey (silver) model has a plain black stand rather than colourful feet.
Full specification for this product can be found here