Scale Overview: A Pentatonic scale means that the scale only contains 5 notes that repeat, as opposed to 12 notes or 8 notes. Minimizing the number of notes in the scale makes it easier to riff on melodies and chords. The pentatonic scale is known for being a primary scale of the blues genre, and is what you hear on a lot of those bluesy guitar solos.
Playability: Our intuitive layout of notes makes it easy to play. This is a very playable drum because the notes and combination of notes (chords) are very familiar to our ears. This drum is great for personal use and also good for collaboration with other musicians. Pentatonic scales are especially good for beginners.
Design & Sound Characteristics: We offer a handcrafted instrument of beauty rich in sound & sight. The Manastone is designed with a taller chamber & the hole on top resulting in a richer acoustic tone, louder sound & wider range of notes than manufactured steel tongue drums. This full sound resonates with rich harmonic layers & volume that carries indoors & outside & pairs well with a wide variety of instruments. You get the attributes of a larger handpan but in a smaller, more portable & less-expensive instrument. Value meets master craftsmanship.
Options to Float, Resonate, Hole Location, & Electric Hookup:
Floating: We are the makers of the world's first floating steel tongue drum (to our knowledge!) and we are able to make yours capable of floating if you select the hole to be on top of the drum and choose a chameleon finish.
Tuning: You are also able to select tuning at 432hz if you prefer non-standard tuning, otherwise the default selection is 440hz.
Hole Location: The default location for the hole is on top because this offers more volume and clearer sound. However, many people prefer their instrument to be quieter, or to have a mallet strike zone, and in this case you can select at check-out for the hole to be on the bottom. A floating drum must have the hole on the top to float as well as a chameleon finish.
Electric hookup: We are able to add a hookup to the side of your drum. Obviously this would mean your drum can't float because it has electronics in it.
Materials & Build
All Manastone Steel Tongue Drums made of tone tempered steel and sealed with a powder coat finish that is verytough, UV resistant, weather resistantand doesn’t pollute the environment or outgas like other paints.
Weight - 9.5 pounds
Size - 12 inch diameter X 8 inches tall, able to sit comfortably in your lap.
BONUS - TWO HOURS OF LESSONS INCLUDED
Each purchase of a Manastone steel tongue drum now comes with two hours of prerecorded video lessons to help you learn all the basics from drum care to basic technique. Join co-owner Nicholas to become informed, inspired, and tap into your creative potential. This 10-video series covers the following subjects:
Lesson 1 - Drum Care
Lesson 2 - How to Hold the Drum for Most Resonance
Lesson 3 - Holding Mallets & Walking Up the Scale
Lesson 4 - Playing with your Hands 101
Lesson 5 - Finding Chords and Patterns
Lesson 6 - Establishing Core Rhythms
Lesson 7 - Main Differences Between Playing with Mallets vs. Hands
Lesson 8 - Special Techniques
Lesson 9 - Conclusion & Bonus Tips for Playing Music for Meditation & Yoga
Your drum will ship in 3 - 10 days of placing your order depending on how many other orders we have at the time. We hand make each drum to order in the order that they come in, and look forward to making yours :)
HANDCRAFTED WITH LOVE IN A SMALL MOUNTAIN WORKSHOP IN CRESTONE, COLORADO
The most breathtaking sound. I'm in shock. The other drum I heard before did not have the beauty, workmanship, and tone as this does....This sings all by itself.. it's crazy... Thank you,
Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New York City
Hello Noah, just got the drum today! Amazing, just amazing. I love it at the very first touch. Really well made and good tune.
I'll recommend for sure to my musician community in Quebec City and everywhere I go play in this beautiful world!
I just got the drum, thank you so much, it's freaking sick. Keep up the great work! Thank you.
I got my F Big Bear yesterday and I can't put it down. It is absolutely beautiful. Family and friends all love it and I'm pretty sure they'll be potential customers in the near future. I played it in a public restaurant outside today and people couldn't believe what they were hearing. Many of them asked if it was electrically powered or amplified. I live in Miami, FL and I can't wait to show my city this drum. Thank you so much for your quality product. Well worth the money.
Dear Noah, Just wanted to say that I have received, and that this is a marvelous instrument with intense vibration coming out of it. I sincerely thank you for the job you have done. This drum is perfect and beautiful to look at.
Thanks a lot again, I am seriously amazed by this little drum. It plays so intuitively too! Wow. Thanks!
Noah.... I just revved up my double sided Manastone drum and I would like to thank you greatly for such an amazing production! Right out of the box I was amazed at the sound quality... I will definitely have many amazing experiences with this glorious musical art piece... Thank you again for everything and making one of the best products money can buy :)
I truly hope for greatness and prosperity in your future :)