We welcome you to our Harmonic Art family. It is of importance to understand that no theory or musical experience is required to play the Harmonic. When tuned to a particular scale, there is no "wrong notes” which sound “out of melody” and for this reason, it can be played anywhere and in any position over its steel resonance surface. This allows the musician to be guided by their internal inspiration and emotions connecting with the soul of the Harmonic. We tune our Harmonics so that the instrument can be played anywhere and from any position.
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.
The following care recommendations are provided for proper use. They will contribute to a long and healthy life of the Harmonic, as well as preventing adverse situations in advance. The Harmonic is a musical metal sculpture, it is strongly recommended that customers take as much care of their instrument as possible. It 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.
We make it clear that the Harmonic is made with a specific and collective thermal process used to increase the hardness, stability, resistance of the steel, and help minimize any corrosion.
Make sure that every person who uses the Harmonic knows the care instructions as well.
Keep in mind that this musical instrument has been 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, drum sticks, or other tools to perform with the Harmonic. We recommend using the fingertips softly and subtly, which will be enough to hear the tuneful pure warm steel resonance.
It would be best if you do not play roughly or with heavy blows with your fingers or thumbs on the tone fields. The Harmonic feels quite "alive" and responsive when played gently and delicately. Doing so avoids any unwanted musical detuning or distortion, and most importantly, it protects the resistance of the steel.
The difference between the Inpex (concave) and Apex (convex) dimple on the center note is that the Inpex is more integrated with the timbre of the other notes 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, it is suggested to use a condenser microphone which attenuates noise and has a wide frequency response for a remarkable quality of sound. For the best quality recording of Harmonics with notes on the bottom shell, we recommend using at least an additional microphone that points from the ground to the bottom shell notes or two microphones on each side at a similar height to the rubber ring and pointing to the instrument.
It is advisable not to expose the Harmonic to extremely high or low temperatures, sudden changes in heat or direct sunlight. Do not apply any pressure to the tone fields. Do not let the Harmonic drop from your lap or at any height. Do not store anything inside of the Harmonic inner chamber. Do not store any type of cloth between the playing surface and the Protection Cover. Do not hit the Harmonic inner or outer surface and avoid accidentally hitting it against something hard, or any objects falling on it.
Always place the Protection Cover on the playing surface of the Harmonic when stored in the Soft Backpack, this will protect it against external shocks (the Protection Cover does not protect the outer rim of the Harmonic but only the playing surface).
The upper and lower shells are joined by specialized thermal welding with some glass properties which help the instruments sound. Therefore, be careful and avoid any vertical external shocks when the Harmonic is inside or outside the Soft Backpack.
All our 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 in the distant future, depending on how well you care for the Harmonic.
We suggest you make the appropriate adjustments to the tuning in some years to come. Commonly, the more delicate a handpan is played, the longer the absolute accuracy of the tuning will remain.
We are happy to check the tuning or give a fresh tune-up to any Harmonic or other handpan in Colombia or Germany. Depending on the need for the tune-up, there may or may not be a charge for this service.
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.
It is important to keep the surface qualities of the Harmonic in the best external conditions possible. Only clean oil should be used to prevent unwanted development of rust, and similarly, remove any dust or dirt that may be present. For desired results, use an untreated microfiber cloth to keep the Harmonic clean and oiled.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Harmonic Master instruments are made of black coated Stainless Steel with inherent rust resistance. For this reason, maintenance with oil is not necessary.
For clean oil, we recommend brands such as Froglube, Ballistol, 3-IN-ONE, preferably liquid/wipes or some similar oil for multiple uses. Apply the oil gently over the entire playing surface of the Harmonic. The primary purpose of the oil is to provide an extra protective layer against rust and to keep the steel looking as good as new and shiny. Apply the oil every several days or weeks, depending on the use of Harmonic, or when the surface begins to feel somewhat dry.
If you live near the ocean, it is particularly important to clean and oil the Harmonic more frequently, considering the significant concentration of salt and moisture conditions in the environment.
We suggest you obtain a desiccant, which is an element that absorbs atmospheric moisture, used while the Harmonic is stored in the Soft Backpack (better unzipped). This will allow keeping the interior as dry as possible to help prevent rust development. If, for any reason, you were to notice some rust, we suggest using a special cloth called Miracle Cloth. This can be used to remove oxidation, only to 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, blemishes, or lines on the surface that were formed by the hammers used in production. Those will not affect the appearance, sound of the instrument, or its rust resistance.
Store the Harmonic in a dry place with as little moisture as possible. Do not allow the Harmonic to get wet, avoid the rain, any contact with wet hands or objects, and do not use water or alcohol when cleaning it. We suggest all of the above recommendations for preventing rust development. Do not attempt to remove the logos that are attached.
For extra protection of the steel whilst in transportation, we add oil to the underneath of every Harmonic Master playing surface. Once you receive your Harmonic, it is highly advisable to clean and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. We suggest you do this immediately to care for your Handpan after transportation. Please do it gently, especially on the tone fields, outside and inside. As for the Harmonic Master line, further oil by customers is not needed. The stainless steel and its black coating are entirely maintenance-free. Enjoy your high-quality Harmonic Art handpan!
All of those 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, 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.