#1. ZENKO AKEBONO Steel Tongue Drum
This is a steel tongue drum (also called a hank drum or tank drum) that was designed and built by Metals Sounds. The instrument is due to a rigorous research and development program led by a group from Metal Sounds in coordination with a number of professionals and scientists in the metal industry. The raw material used to make the instrument, the cutting edge of the blades, assembly of this product and the end have been finely crafted and this tongue drum spreads its sound in very smooth waves. The perfect tuning of the percussion instrument leads to beautiful harmonics and can be played with mallets or by hand.
The notice in the center omits a profound bass sound that’s used as a pivot. It’s tuned to a pentatonic mode scale, among the best scales in musical therapy and comfort. This instrument can be performed while standing or on a stand that is collapsible and adjustable, designed especially for the instrument.
Weight: 6.2 pounds
Dimensions: 12.6 x 12.6 x 5.1 inches
#2. HAPI HDMINIDAKE Mini Steel Tongue Percussion Drum
A gorgeous aluminum coloured steel tongue drum, the HAPI HDMINIDAKE is a compact steel tongue drum. If you wish to an easy and intuitive musical instrument to play, then the HAPI steel drum is ideal. It employs a patented eight note layout and has strong meditative tones. With rubber feet the drum can be set up anywhere and sounds great, and if you are wanting a less costly tool that still has some of the resonance and tone options then steel tongue drums are good options. The HAPI Mini features:
A smaller size, Ideal for travellers
Has rubber feet on the base of the drum that isolate the sound, making it playable on any surface
Comes with high quality rubber mallets
The principal difference between a steel tongue and a handpan is the sensitivity in playing. It can more challenging to make a clear sound with just fingers and so mallets are provided to combat this. Despite its tiny size it rings out clear and true and has a great sound and the reasonable price means it’s excellent for someone wanting to explore whether steel hand pan drumming is for them before committing to a thousand dollar buy.
Dimensions: 8″ (20.5 cm) wide by 5.5″ (13.97 cm) high.
Weight: 3.4 lbs (1.54 kg).
#3. Guda Freezbee Drum
The Freezbee is a unique handmade steel tongue drum that is loud and responds well to being played by hand (unusual for most steel tongue drums). The Freezbee is built from stainless steel and decorated by hand. It’s percussive noise and quantity of overtones makes it perfect for outdoor gigs. Smaller than a hand pan, it offers more portability, sustained resonance, a gorgeous design and mallets for playing. The Freezbee is an ideal instrument for someone who wants to keep their instrument in a living area for fast access, and due to its design, it looks great, can be easily stored and will complement any place it is in.
Made from an especially hard steel, the Guda Freezbee currently holds its tuning for longer and is stronger and was designed to sound more percussive than a normal steel tongue drum.
Weight: 4.4 pounds
Dimensions: 14.6 x 14.6 x 3.4 inches
#4. Idiopan Domina 12-Inch Tunable Steel Tongue Drum
This is a really beautiful, well-constructed and extremely sturdy musical instrument. When played with the mallets it has a soothing and resonant sound. This is a steel tongue drum which arrives already tuned to C Major pentatonic scale and each drum can be tuned to a specific scale on request. Even though it sounds fantastic with mallets, it needs amplification to be played by hand.
Crafted in the USA from American Steel
8-Note, Tunable to countless scales
Comes tuned to C Major pentatonic G3 / C4 D4 E4 G4 A4 C5 D5
Includes Pair of Mallets
Maintenance Free Powder Coated Finish
The Idiopan has a warmer sound than previous models and as a bonus also includes free shipping. To get a mid-range steel tongue drum this is a fantastic choice from the selection.
Weight: 7.55 pounds
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 6 inches
#5. NEO 9 Tongue Drum
This uniquely handmade tongue was designed to sound good played with mallets or by hand. As the manufacturers say, the motivation behind making this steel tongue drum compact is so that the size is more comfortable when being played in your lap while keeping all the benefits of full-sized models. Its convex shape positively affects the noise and gives it a much greater amount of colour and quantity in each note. Made from stainless steel, it is thicker than the previous version, ensuring an wonderful clarity of sound.
The Neo-9 can be tuned to from as low as D3 right up to E5, and this implies the possibilities for customisable scales are extended to most keys. Bright top notes and crisp bass notes make this model a clear winner, and the higher price for this instrument is reflected in the higher quality sound you get.
Weight: 8 pounds
#6. The 10″ Steel Tongue Drum
At only 10 inches wide, this is an amazing steel tongue drum. Tuned to the a C Major scale it’s eight notes (C D E F G A B C) and comes with two rubber mallets and a tote. This is a perfect drum for beginners or for kids due to its size and scale. It features:
10 different colours (green, red, blue, black, purple, pearl, orange, silver, gray and plum)
A carry bag
Light-weight, brightly coloured, wear and tear resistant, the 10″ Steel Tongue Drum is a solidly made entry level steel tongue .
Weight: 6.6 pounds
Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.2 x 7.5 inches
#7. Single VibeDrum E Minor Pentatonic
The Single Vibedrum gives the buyer a good value for their money because the manufacturers have plated it with 100% zinc on the interior and exterior in order to protect it against components. It includes specially made mallets, a soft fleece liner bag and a heavy duty bag for traveling. Made in Arizona, the resonating chamber was designed for enhanced harmonics and ongoing resonance long after the note has been played.
For such a brightly colored glittering instrument, the tone is warm and mature and it’s easy to make clear sounds with either hands or mallets. The tropical sparkling metallic coating is also more environmentally friendly than etching with acid or spraying with paints which contain VOC’s. This means that not only are you recycling a used butane tank, but the manufacturing process of the new instrument isn’t harmful to the planet.
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 8 inches
#8. DOBANI 12-Inch Steel Tongue Drum
The Dubai 12 inch tongue drum using a Bhopali tuning is a gorgeous instrument. Bhopal is also referred to as Bhoop and is a scale derived from a classical raga of Hindustan. This instrument’s 5 note scale does an amazing job of creating an extremely pensive and meditational mood. The drum comes with mallets and a travel bag.
The Dobani includes free shipping, and despite being the second cheapest alternative for steel tongue drums it is the best value for money. An antique bronze powder coating gives it a professional finish and out of all of the drums, this one gets the most amount left in stock. The sound, look and price for this steel tongue drum are terrific.
Weight: 9.6 ounces
Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3 inche