The TOKTONE drum is something NEW and UNIQUE to the musical instrument world. The design is similar to a handpan - but it is not a handpan. The TOKTONE drum has been said to sound a bit like an Indonesian gamalan instrument, or said to sound a bit like an antique steel drum. But it maintains its own unique sound. The notes are tuned with fundamental pitches only (single tones without harmonics). This gives the instrument a very percussive and more powerful melodic sound than that of a handpan. The notes are laid out in a circular fashion with the lowest note in the center and they are tuned to a single scale rather than to a chromatic scale. Lastly, the TOKTONE note pitches are TUNABLE! The notes can be tuned by using a magnet.
- For drum circle enthusiasts, the TOKTONE drum can be easily incorporated as a melody instrument or as a motif oriented instrument. Playing along with Djembes, Digeridoos, Udus, and found instruments such as bottles and cans can be really fun and exciting!
- For kids and students, the TOKTONE drum can be used as a first step to eventually playing a handpan. The student can learn all of the same hand motions, finger motions, scale ideas, melody ideas, and more. It is also less expensive than a handpan.
- For a handpan player or a handpan enthusiast, the TOKTONE drum will be easy to approach and learn. The sequence of notes is very similar to the design of handpan scales. It can be a nice addition to a handpan players arsenal of instruments.
- For percussionists, the TOKTONE drum can be approached in a similar way as a set of Bongos. The notes are played with the fingers with a slapping motion.
TokTone drums are only 18" in diameter, they weigh only 7 pounds, and are a perfect instrument to take on a hike, to a bonfire, or to a beach party.