Harmonic Care

We welcome you to our Harmonic Art family. It's important to note that understanding musical theory or experience is not required to play the Harmonic. When tuned to our specific scale, there are no "wrong notes" that sound "out of melody" - the handpan can be played anywhere and in any position. This versatility allows the musician to be guided by their internal inspiration and emotional connection with the soul of the Harmonic. The Harmonic Art handpan brings this fantastic gift of music into the hands of anyone. All it takes is a simple tap of the notes to produce a beautiful, harmonious sound.

Harmonic Art handpans
Harmonic Art handpans

Following these care recommendations will ensure the Harmonic remains in perfect shape for you to enjoy. The Harmonic is not only a musical instrument, but also one of a kind piece of art. Make sure to read the instructions carefully before you start enjoying the Harmonic.

 

These care recommendations might also be suitable for other top-tier handpans in the market.

 

The Harmonic is crafted with a specific and collective thermal process used to increase stability and resilience while enriching the sound and minimizing corrosion.

 

Make sure that every person who uses the Harmonic knows the care instructions as well.

 

 

Tuning:

 

This musical instrument is classified as a sound sculpture designed to be played with the fingers and cannot be played as a traditional drum. Therefore, do not use sticks, drumsticks, or other tools to perform with the Harmonic. We recommend using the fingertips softly, which will be enough to create tones from the instrument. The Harmonic feels quite "alive" and responsive when played gently and delicately.

 

The difference between the Inpex (inward) and Apex (outward) dimple on the center note is that the Inpex is more integrated with the other notes' timbre on the instrument. There is a more harmonic presence when striking the flat tone field around the dimple. By hitting the Inpex dimple, the more fundamental tone will be heard, which is the same effect found in the Apex dimple.

Daniel Waples is playing with a Harmonic and demonstrating the proper way to touch the steel. 

Claudio is playing with a Harmonic while being recorded with a super-cardioid microphone.

When recording with the Harmonic, we recommend a condenser microphone, which reduces noise and has a wide frequency response for remarkable sound quality. For the best quality recording notes from the bottom shell, we recommend using at least an additional microphone that points from the ground to the bottom shell notes. You could also use two microphones on each side at a similar height to the outer diameter flange and pointing towards the instrument.

 

Do Not: 

Expose the Harmonic to extremely high or low temperatures, sudden changes in heat, or direct sunlight. 

Apply any prolonged pressure to the tone fields. 

Drop the Harmonic from your lap or at any height. 

Store anything inside the Harmonic inner chamber. 

Hit the Harmonic inner or outer surface with any hard objects.

 

Always place the Protection Cover on the Harmonic playing surfaces when stored. The Protection Cover does not protect the outer rim of the Harmonic but only the playing surface. The top and bottom half-shells are joined by specialized thermal welding, which helps the instrument’s sound; therefore, be careful and avoid any vertical external shocks when the Harmonic is inside or outside the Soft Backpack. 

 

All Harmonics are perfectly tuned to the highest quality standards when they are shipped out of our workshop, with tones and overtones related to A=440 / 432 hertz. However, due to natural causes of the steel, some tuning adjustments may need maintenance depending on how well you care for the Harmonic.

 

We suggest you make the appropriate adjustments to the tuning throughout the lifetime of your instrument. Delicately performing with the handpan will ensure proper tuning is maintained for a more extended period of time. 

 

We are happy to check the tuning or give a fresh tune-up to any Harmonic or other handpan. Depending on the need for the tune-up, there may or may not be a charge for this service. We are 100% confident we can put your handpan back in tip-top shape!

Panart 1st gen retuned by our team at Harmonic Art

Our combined and specialized thermal process produces a hardened layer on the steel on the Harmonic, and it also protects against rust. It is essential in creating a high-quality sound sculpture. The Harmonic is a musical piece of art to be enjoyed for numerous years. The result is an instrument with a perfectly soft yet durable and long-lasting sound.

 

 

Surface coating:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Harmonic Master instruments are made of composite Stainless Steel with inherent corrosion resistance. For this reason, maintenance with oil is not necessary. 

Harmonic Master 12

Harmonic Master 12 - Stainless Steel

Claudio Canzano Harmonic Art handpan

Harmonic Master 15 - Stainless Steel

Meinl Harmonics need additional maintenance to keep the surface qualities of the Harmonic in the best conditions possible. Only clean oil should be used to prevent the unwanted development of rust. Remove any dust or dirt that may be present before oiling your instrument. For desired results, use an untreated microfiber cloth to keep the Harmonic clean and oiled.

We recommend clean oil brands such as Froglube, Ballistol, 3-IN-ONE, preferably liquid / wipes, or similar oil for multiple uses. Apply the oil gently over the entire playing surface of the Harmonic. The oil's primary purpose is to provide an extra protective layer against rust and keep the steel looking as good as new. Depending on your use of the Harmonic, you may need to apply the oil every few days or weeks or when the surface begins to feel somewhat dry. If you live near the ocean, it is vital to clean and oil the Harmonic more frequently, considering the environment's significant salt and moisture conditions.

 

We suggest you obtain a desiccant, an element that absorbs atmospheric moisture, for use while the Harmonic is stored in the Soft Backpack (better unzipped). This will keep the interior as dry as possible, which helps prevent rust development. If you notice some rust for any reason, we suggest using a special “Miracle Cloth” which can be used to remove oxidation. This should only be used when needed. You can also contact us regarding this issue, and we will be available to give you appropriate instructions.

Because each Harmonic is handcrafted and unique, you may find slight marks on the surface formed by the hammers used in production. We don't consider these marks or blemishes imperfections, but rather unique qualities of each instrument's individuality. These marks will not affect the sound quality of the instrument or its rust resistance.

 

Store the Harmonic in a dry place with as little moisture as possible. Please do not allow the Harmonic to get wet - avoid the rain, contact with wet hands or objects, and do not use water when cleaning. Do not attempt to remove the logos that are attached.

For extra steel protection while in transit, we add a little oil underneath every Harmonic Master playing surface. Once you receive your Harmonic, clean and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. We suggest you do this immediately to care for your Handpan after transportation. Please do this gently, especially on the tone fields, outside and inside. For Harmonic Master line instruments, customers do not need to oil the handpan. The stainless steel coating is entirely maintenance-free. Enjoy your high-quality Harmonic Art handpan!

 

All who already have a Harmonic or wish to get one, feel free to contact us at any time. We will be happy to provide you with customer service support for our musical instruments. 

 

If you have any questions that are not covered here or any doubts about the instructions listed above, please contact us and we will be glad to answer your questions. Our team is grateful to be part of this magical world, and we wish you a blessed and prosperous musical future.