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'Hang Drum' Players Really Have a Dilemma...


Having trouble finding that perfect Strat-- or your ideal guitar in general?

Consider the plight of the poor hang drum player; especially a prospective hang drum player. I just discovered this video at Neatorama, and immediately wanted to learn more about the "hang drum". It would really be cool to have one of these... Check this other VIDEO.

Well, as it turns out, this instrument comes from only one source; a builder in Switzerland. As demand for hang drums has increased, the builder has actually tightened down the availability. The drums are no longer available from distributors, and the builder has even turned off his website. You CAN get a hang drum, but you must contact the maker and arrange travel to Switzerland to meet with them and have your hang drum built.

I'm not kidding!

Seems to me, the numerous steel drum makers out there have an enormous opportunity... But as of yet, a trip to Switzerland is the only way to get a hang drum.

Update: Someone is now making something similar out of bbq size propane tanks! Check out http://www.tankdrum.com/

Check these blog posts for the full scoop-- and in the meantime, be glad that guitars* are so abundant!

http://soundroots.org
http://rexton.wordpress.com
www.larkinthemorning.com (unusual musical instruments source)

* "What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
Its got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I found?"
Neil Peart
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