The GAIA Sunset scale has the following 8 notes: (D) A C D E F G A. This scale has a pleasant melodic range, has a meditative sound, and plays well with the Integral scale and other F major or D minor instruments. It also includes a Lift Ring to improve sonic clarity from all of the notes.
Our GAIA model handpans are made for the professional musician. They are made with 20" (inside diameter) deep drawn, nitrided steel shells. The finish is a dark metallic color and finished with a special clear coat paint that resists perspiration, moisture, salts, mild acids, and UV light. The GAIA model is tuned exclusively by David Beery.Because the steel on the GAIA does not have a color coat finish, you may see some discolorations, finger prints, or small scratches on the steel. We do our very best to prevent aesthetic imperfections but we also want to keep the natural sound of the steel intact. Similar to wood grain, we can't always predict how each shell will look. They are all slightly different and unique.
*This video is just an example of the scale.
This instrument includes a protective plastic shell, and care kit.
Backpacks and other accessories can be purchased separately.
Domestic 48 state shipping is included.
International shipping is not included and will be charged separately.
All taxes, duties, and additional government or shipping fees are payable by the customer.
Handpan is a term for a group of hand made sheet metal musical instruments resulting from a growing worldwide interest in the Hang, an instrument invented and built by the company PANArt Hangbau AG. A handpan is an instrument that is similar to a steel drum, but it is played in a
Dave's Island Instruments owner, David Beery, fabricates and tunes his own line of handpans. Several models have been produced in the last four years. The first model that was produced by Dave and sold via Dave's Island Instruments was named Genesis. The Genesis handpan was made from 55 gallon barrels (similar to how steel drums are made) and had a variety of finishes including powder coating, nickel plating, and brass plating. The next model Dave created was the Symphonette. The Symphonette was much smaller than the Genesis model. It was made from 35 gallon barrel lids and had finishes similar to the Genesis model. In 2014 Dave began using mechanically deep drawn steel shells and developed the 20" GAIA model handpan. The GAIA model handpan was tailored to look and sound like the original PANArt Hang and utilizes nitrided (heat treated) steel to enhance its sound. The GAIA is now the premiere line of handpans that is sold though Dii. Recently, a new model has been developed. The Luna model. It is made from the same materials as our GAIA handpan, but the Luna steel is not nitrided. It is a plain steel handpan instrument that has been highly praised by our customers. Customers have said they enjoy the warm tone that the Luna creates. Dave is also a co-creator of an instrument called the Ohm (patent pending). The Ohm is a hybrid instrument that incorporates vibrating tongues along with traditionally tuned handpan notes. The combination of the two produces a magically new and novel sound.
Look below for our handpan products. If you don't see any handpans listed, it may be because we are out of stock. Please be patient and check back with us from time to time.
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