stainless steel handpans are very popular among different types of handpans.To make it easily understandable for everyone, we want to put it this way. You may be familiar with the Iron rust which is the product of reacting Iron with oxygen, it is like the orange powder or hard deposit you can see on anything made of steel. This will cause the Iron material to be lost and degraded. Stainless Steel is a type of Steel (Iron alloy) which is resistant to rusting, scientifically said Corrosion. So Stainless Steel won’t get rusted and will be stable in contact with oxygen and other corrosive environments like humid climates.
Steel has been used for making Handpans, Pantams, Sound Sculptures and Hang Drums for 20 years now (read more about it here) but stainless steel handpans are quite like new comers in the market. So to better understand the characteristics of an instrument made of Stainless Steel, the best way is to compare it with Nitraded Steel ones.
Note that lots of characteristics of a Handpan depends on many factors based on the techniques which are being utilized by different makers, but in general, Stainless Steel Handpans have longer sustain, wider and brighter timber/tone, Bigger Sound Range or Amplitude, more Dynamic Range and less ceramic sound comparing to Nitraded Steel Handpans. These properties specifically make the stainless steel material more proper for slow playing which is maily being used for meditative and sound healing applications.
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The big advantage of Stainless Steel over Nitraded, as mentioned earlier is the corrosion resistance of it. You may know that Nitraded Steel Sound-Sculptures should always be covered by proper oil/wax to be protected against rusting, but Stainless Steel does not need much of that. You should just try to wipe it with a dry cloth when you finish playing, to remove any moisture and salts from the surface and of course you should be very much careful of any physical damage to your any type of Pantam.
KitaPantam is always trying to be creative and develope unique Pantam designs, however the variations are more applicable on the Nitraded Steel material. Stainless Steel is currently can be made in two colors of Bronze and Silver (Fully Mirror Polished).