Harmonic Care

 

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 certain scale, there are 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 own 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 following care recommendations are provided for proper use. They will contribute to a long and healthy duration of the Harmonic, as well as prevent adverse situations in advance. Because the Harmonic is a musical metal sculpture, it is strongly recommended that customers take as much care of their instrument as possible as it is not only a musical instrument but also a one of 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 which includes Nitriding, used to increase the hardness, stability, resistance of the steel and help minimize any corrosion.

 

Make sure that every person who uses the Harmonic has knowledge of the care instructions as well.

 

 

Tuning:

 

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 play the Harmonic. We recommend using the fingertips softly and subtly which will be enough to hear the tuneful pure warm steel resonance.

 

You should not play roughly or with heavy blows with your fingers or thumbs on the tone fields. Actually, 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 striking the Inpex dimple, the more fundamental tone will be heard which is the same effect found in the Apex dimple.

Tokhi 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.

 

It is advisable not to expose the Harmonic to extremely high or low temperatures, sudden changes in temperature 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 de 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 a special thermal welding with some glass properties and 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 when they are shipped out of our workshop, with tones and overtones in relation to A=440 or 432 hertz, and with the highest quality standards. 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 provide an appropriate adjustment to the tuning at least in some years. 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. 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

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

 

 

Surface coating:

 

It is of importance to keep the surface qualities of the Harmonic in the best external conditions possible. Only clean oil should be used in order 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.

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 certain 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, to be used while the Harmonic is being 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 which fights oxidation to be used when needed or contact us regarding this issue 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. All of the above recommendations are suggested to prevent rust development. Do not attempt to remove the logos that are attached.

Once you are in receipt of the Harmonic, make sure you clean and wipe it down with a micro-fiber cloth, smeared only with the designated oil. Because of the traveling time, we suggest you do this for immediate care. 

 

All those who already have a Harmonic or wish to get one, feel free to contact us at anytime. We will be happy to provide you with customer service support for our musical instruments. Any questions you have regarding the care of the Harmonic or any other related issues, will be resolved. 

 

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.

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