Explorer Series – 12″ – 8 Notes


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 12″ steel tongue drum made from carbon steel alloy shells that we heat-treat in a 3 hour heating cycle for optimal sound quality.  Each tongue on the Explorer Series is tuned with 1 fundamental tone using the Linotune program for precise tuning.  They have clear notes and long sustain and are a very beautiful instrument to hold and play.

Standard Features Include:

3 layers of powder-coat finish (1 internal and 3 external) in 4 colour options Aquaburst (Blue gradient), Forestburst (Green gradient), Solarburst (Orange gradient), and Aurora (Purple gradient), an internal pick-up system and input jack, a wooden laser-cut emblem and sound-hole plug to improve the bass frequencies, rubber feet, instructional booklet, and a set of house-made mallets.

Additional accessories include a canvas travel bag with artwork by Simon Haiduk, and a folding instrument stand.  Please view the bag artwork choices in the collage in the picture gallery.

*Videos and scales can be viewed down below the extended product information.*

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Shipping Information:

After an order is placed it is generally 7-14 days to ship from our workshop, depending on our current order volume. We ship all our packages tracked and insured by Canada Post (Which then transfers to USPS if it has to cross the border). If there is an issue with shipping (Damage, lost package, missing item, incorrect order) it can be dealt with by Kindred Spirit Steel Drums directly.

Customs Fees:

Kindred Spirit Steel Drums products are shipped from British Columbia, which is located on the west coast of Canada. If you are in another country there will be some customs fees on your package when it arrives. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Legal Disclaimer:

*Caution* Please read these safety instructions before purchasing this product! Playing your Steel Tongue Drum too hard can cause the tongues to bend, and cause the notes to dip slightly out of tune. To avoid this, we suggest using finger-tips, thumbs or soft-strikes with the mallets we provide to play your drums. It does not require a large amount of force to create a large sound from our instruments. *Choking Hazard* Mallets, Magnets, and other small parts can provide a choking hazard to young children and pets. Never leave young children alone with the mallets or magnets unsupervised as serious injury or loss of life can occur. *Dropping Danger/Heavy Instrument* Danger! Steel instruments are heavy and can cause serious damage to persons or property if dropped. Make sure hands are dry and clean before attempting to move the instrument.

Aeolian Mode / Solstice

Aeolian Mode, E minor:  E3 G3 B3 C4 D4 E4 F#4 G4

Mixolydian / Arbutus / Big Bear

Mixolydian, Bb Major:  F3 Bb3 C4 Eb4 F4 G4 A4 Bb4

Diatonic, A minor

Diatonic, A minor:  A3 B3 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4 A4

Diatonic, G Major

Diatonic, G Major:  G3 A3 B3 C4 D4 E4 F4 G4

Dorian / Renaissance

Dorian, F minor: F3 Bb3 C4 Db4 Eb4 F4 G4 Ab4


Hijaz, G minor:

Ionian / Sabye

Ionian Mode (Sabye), E Major:  E3 A3 B3 C#4 D#4 E4 F#4 G#4

Major Pentatonic

Pentatonic, F# Major:  F#3 G#3 A#3 C#4 D#4 F#4 G#4 A#4

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 40 × 40 × 30 cm

Forge Finish, Aqua Burst, Aurora, Forest Burst, Solar Burst


432, 440

Scale and Key

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