Welcome to our instrument buyer's guide!
We know that purchasing one of these instruments can feel a little overwhelming so have assembled the following information to help you choose the most appropriate instrument and scale combination for your needs. If you still have questions after going through this information, don't hesitate to reach out and ask us for assistance, we are always happy to help!
To start, there are a few different factors to consider when choosing your instrument: the series, sound, key, frequency, and finish. There are also some questions you can ask yourself as you move through this guide to help you narrow down the options. You may want to write some information down as you go, as this will make selecting specific options easier at your time of purchase.
1. The Series/Type - What am I looking for in an instrument?
2. The Sound (Scale) - What sounds am I attracted to?
3. The Key - Am I trying to match with any specific instruments or songs?
4. The Frequency - What hertz works better for my needs?
5. The Color - What finish am I most attracted to?
1. The Series
Below our different series are arranged from the smallest and least expensive instrument, to the largest and most expensive instruments. Instruments with smaller resonating chambers tend to have higher notes, (because of the size of the tongues that can be cut and tuned onto them), and are very direct in their sound. Instruments with larger resonating chambers have more notes, and more internal reverberations of sound. These internal reverberations increase bass, and sustain, and can give a more "dreamy" sound quality on certain products. Each series has a unique and beautiful timbre that we are sure you will fall in love with again and again.
Plant the seed of music with this small, light, and portable instrument. Accessible to musicians of all ages and ranges, the seed series is the perfect drum to grab and go for any occasion, sprouting joy and levity with its bright and cheerful tones.
The Seed Series is a beautiful steel-tongue drum made from heat-treated carbon-steel, with 6 notes, and is our smallest instrument. This instrument is compact, exquisite and makes a great gift! *This is our only product without an installed pick up system.
8" x 4.5", 6 Notes, 6.0lbs. $350CAD
The traveler series is ideal for those seeking a lightweight and portable tongue drum with a wider variety of available scales. Create a beautiful soundtrack to your travels through life with these compact and versatile instruments!
The Traveler Series is a charming steel tongue drum made from heat-treated carbon-steel, with 8 notes, and is one of our smaller products. It has bright and clear notes, and with the added pick up is a great instrument to take out into the world for musical journeys. Available in 4 Diatonic scales.
10" x 5", 8 Notes, 8lbs. $415CAD
Explore a wider variety of scales and rich tones with these sturdy, versatile, and beautiful instruments. From the seashore to mountain tops, the explorer series pairs perfectly with all of life's adventures.
The Explorer Series is a robust steel tongue drum made from heat-treated carbon steel shells. These instruments have a slimmer profile than traditional steel tongue drums and are very portable. They have clear notes, long sustain and are a very beautiful instrument to hold and play. Available in a wide range of scales, with a note range of E3 to D5.
12" x 5.5", 8 Notes, 9.5lbs. $499CAD
In the beginning, there were only vibrations. From the dawn of time, the earth has been creating music with her vibrancy, resonance, and reverberation. Connect to the spirit of creation with our primordial series, allowing the rich and resonant tones to reflect and honour the timeless music of the earth.
The Primordial series is the larger sibling of the Traveler Series, and as such, is available in a variety of diatonic scales. These diatonic scales are lower than what is available on the Traveler Series, and are great from composing. These instruments are full, loud and deep, and can hold lower frequencies very well.
12" x 6.5", 8 Notes, 10lbs. $550CAD
Rise to your musical potential with the versatility of the ten note ascension series. These instruments are as sturdy as the ancient mountains, and as boundless and beautiful as the views from the highest soaring peaks.
The Ascension Series is a 14” steel tongue drum. One of our professional models, and one of our most popular products. This instrument comes with 10 notes, in a variety of scales, with great depth and sustain. A great choice for beginners wanting a mid-priced product.
14" x 6", 10 Notes, 10.5lbs. $625CAD
Find new depths in your music with the melodic vibrations of our sonorous and powerfully resonant deep bass series. Create rhythms and melodies ranging from the serenity and peacefulness of a glass calm sea, to the power, depth and magnitude of the rolling ocean swells.
The Deep Bass is a 14” steel-tongue drum made from heat-treated carbon-steel shells for optimal sound quality. These instruments are heavy and have a large resonating chamber, but because of this, they also have amazing sustain and incredible tone. It is a great instrument for sitting down and transporting yourself into new realms.
14" x 7.5", 10 Notes, 14lbs. $675CAD
In Greek mythology, Hyperion is known to represent light and wisdom. Connect with your celestial ancestors as you channel the energy of the father of the sun, the moon, and the dawn, and find a new depth to your music with the layered overtones this beautiful instrument provides!
One of our professional models, with an absolutely exquisite sound. Available in a large amount of scales, with perfectly tuned overtones. One of our most popular instruments.
14" x 6", 10 Notes, 10.5lbs. $725CAD
Become inspired to create the blueprints of your masterpiece and allow your innovation and creativity to flourish with the myriad of possibilities our architect series provides.
The Architect Series is a 15 note steel tongue drum, that encompasses 2 complete octaves. From C3 to C5 in C Major or D3 to D5 in D minor. A complete diatonic scale with 15 notes, allowing for vast compositions to be created. This is a professional model, that is great for the serious music players.
16" x 6.5", 15 Notes, 11.5lbs. $699CAD
Helios is known as the god of the sun, blessing the world with light and warmth as he traverses the sky in his golden chariot. Illuminate your musical journey and let your radiant inner light shine with this versatile and reverent series.
The Helios 2.0 is a 17” overtone tonguepan made from a heat-treated high-carbon steel for optimal sound quality. Each tongue on the Helios 2.0 is tuned with 1 overtone (an octave of the fundamental tone) using the Linotune program, to give additional layers to their sound profile.
17" x 7", 10 Notes, 9lbs. $850CAD
Zenith' means “the point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer,” or “the time at which something is most powerful or successful.”
The Zenith tonguepan is a 12 note, steel percussion instrument that has a tuned harmonic series in every tongue (2-5 partials, depending on the note). It is made from 2 hydro-formed shells of our special high-carbon material, 19” (48cm) in diameter, with a 3mm thick top shell for great note clarity and sustain. Like our smaller Helios tonguepan, the Zenith comes with our special “technomantic finish" which is a patina and clear- powder coat finish. It also has a built in pick-up system, rubber feet, rubber rim, and laser etched sound hole plug.
19.5" x 7", 12 Notes, 10lbs
2. The Sound
Start this off by asking yourself: “What sounds am I more drawn to? Would I prefer playing in a happier and brighter sounding scale (Major) or a more emotional and darker scale (minor)?” Here is a list of both the Major and minor scales we offer to help you begin sorting through our recordings.
Major Sounding Scales
Scales That Can Play Between Major and Minor
Minor Sounding Scales
3. The Key
In music, the key of a composition is defined by what notes are being played (Which are derived from a particular Major or Minor scale). A popular Major scale is C Major (All the white keys on the piano) and E minor is a popular minor scale (A lot of blues guitar is played in E minor). Here are the most popular Major and Minor keys we offer:
Major: E, F, G, C
Minor: C, D, E, F
On the drop down menu for each particular product, the standard (or most commonly purchased) scale and key pair will be what you are able to select, so if this information is getting over your head, you can choose what the drop down menu offers. We promise that you won't be disappointed! However, most custom scales and keys are possible, you just need to ask.
4. The Frequency
Our Steel Tongue Drums can be made in 432hz or 440hz.
432Hz is known as the “Universal frequency” and is considered by many to be a more healing, and harmonious frequency. 432hz is slightly lower in tone (a little less than half a step), but the overall sound differences are not very noticeable. You can learn more about 432Hz here.
440Hz is the concert standard, and is what a piano, cello, or guitar is usually tuned to. If you are wanting to play with any of those instruments, 440Hz would be the frequency to choose.
5. The Finish
We offer a wide range of colour options on our instruments but our standard combinations are: AquaBurst (Blue gradient), ForestBurst (Green gradient), SolarBurst (Red Gradient) and AuroraBurst (Fuschia-Purple-Blue Gradient), and Forge Finish (Flame Coloured). Please explore the pictures here on our website or social media pages to get an idea of all the different colour combinations that are possible. Generally any picture you see of our instruments is possible, there are a lot of shades we can make. If you have a unique colour combination in mind that you would like on your instrument, we can do our best to accommodate you. Unique colour combinations are subject to what powder-coatings we currently have in stock, although custom colours can be ordered from our supplier for an additional charge dependent on powder price.