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Where does the color of the Handpan come from and why does it change color?


Handpans are fascinating instruments that are made of stainless steel and enchant with their unique sound. However, some owners notice that the color of the surface changes over time. In this blog post, we look at why this happens and what effects it has on the handpan.

  • The manufacturing process: tempering colors through heat

Most handpans are made from stainless steel. This is heated during the manufacturing process to give it its hardness and strength. The heat causes the surface of the stainless steel to oxidize and different colors, known as tempering colors, are formed. These colors vary from yellow to brown to blue depending on the temperature and duration of exposure to heat.

  • Changing colors through use

The colors of the Handpan can also change after production due to use. One reason for this is that the Handpan is touched with the hands while playing. Body heat can affect the colors and cause them to fade or darken.

Secondly, the ambient air can also affect the colors of the Handpan. Sulphur-containing compounds in the air can react with the stainless steel and lead to corrosion, which is noticeable in the form of discoloration.

  • Effects of discoloration on the sound

The discoloration of the Handpan generally has no effect on the sound. The different colors are purely visual and do not affect the functioning of the instrument.

  • Tips for caring for the Handpan

To slow down the discoloration of the Handpan, you should observe a few points:

  1. Store the Handpan in a dry and cool place. Avoid direct sunlight and high humidity.
  2. Wipe the Handpan with a dry cloth after playing. This will remove dirt and fingerprints, which can accelerate discoloration.
  3. Do not use any aggressive cleaning agents. These can damage the surface of the Handpan.
  • Conclusion

The discoloration of the Handpan is a natural process caused by the effect of heat during manufacture and the use of the instrument. The colors have no influence on the sound and are therefore purely visual in nature. With the right care, you can slow down the discoloration and preserve the color of your handpan.

  • Unique characters: the beauty of discoloration

The discoloration of the handpan is not only a natural process, but also gives each instrument its own character. Over time, each Handpan develops its own individual coloration, which is influenced by the individual traces of use and the environment.

Just like the patina on an antique piece of furniture or the signs of use on a beloved tool, the colors of the Handpan tell their own story. They bear witness to the countless moments of playing, joy and inspiration that the instrument has given its owner.

In this sense, the discoloration of the Handpan is not only a sign of ageing, but also an expression of the instrument's vitality and individuality. With each new color that appears on the surface, the Handpan becomes a unique work of art that reflects the connection between player and instrument.

In addition, the coloration of the Handpan can also be perceived as an aesthetic enrichment. The warm and earthy tones created by the effect of heat and use give the handpan a special radiance and harmony.

It can therefore be said that the discoloration of the Handpan is not only a natural process, but also makes an important contribution to the beauty and individuality of the instrument.

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