D Melog Manastone Steel Tongue Drum
Genre: Chill, Meditation, Sleep, Indonesian
Feeling: Calming, Lullaby, Cheerful, Playful
Playability: Easy & Intuitive
Scale: D Gb G A B Db D E3 Gb
Number of Notes: 9
*Pair of branded, rubber-tipped, wooden mallets included in every order.
BONUS - Each purchase of a Manastone steel tongue drum now comes with two hours of Video Lessons to help you learn basic technique for playing the steel tongue drum.
This is one of our most popular scales. This scale is calming and also slightly mysterious, great for meditation and bring creating a chill vibe. As with all Manastone steel tongue drums, all the notes are in scale. That means it's in perfect harmony with itself, so it's easy to make it sound good. Our intuitive layout of notes makes it easy to play. Great for personal use and also good for collaboration with other musicians.
This scale is one of the two scales widely used in Indonesian gamelan music.
Babies and children love this scale! They tend to remain transfixed, curious and calm when it is played.
This is a very playable drum because the notes and combination of notes (chords) are very familiar to our ears.
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. 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, & Add Pickup:
Floating: Normally, for other scales, we are able to make you a drum that floats if you select the hole to be on top of the drum and choose a chameleon finish.
Tuning: The world wide standard tuning is 440hz for popular music and it is the sound your ears are used to. If you intent to play with other melodic instruments, you may want to consider 440 so that you are easily in tune with other the other instruments.
You are also able to select tuning at 432hz if you prefer non-standard tuning. 432 is essentially a lower tuning, so each note would be slightly lower. 432hz tunings are often used in the sound healing world and are said to resonate perfectly with the earth, human body, and energy system. Choosing 432 means other instruments would need to tune to your drum. If you are interested in exploring 432hz for yourself, here's your chance!
Hole Location: The default location for the hole is on bottom for Akebono because this scale doesn't resonate correctly when the sound hole is placed on top. Sound hole on bottom is the original Manastone design and sounds just as good. For the same reasons, Akebono does not work on double sided 18-note drums. It only works with the sound hole on bottom in a 9-note model.
Adding a Pickup: We can add a Piezo pickup to your drum for an additional $35. The pickups sounds great and allow you to plug into an amplifier for a performance or to play with different effects like reverb and delay that can create an even bigger and thicker sound. ***Adding a pickup means the drum can't float, but it's a great trade off.
MATERIALS & BUILD
Drums made of tone tempered steel and sealed with a powder coat finish that is very tough, UV resistant, weather resistant and 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
Bonus - Each purchase of a Manastone steel tongue drum now comes with two hours of prerecorded video lessons to help you learn all the basics! You'll learn drum care and basic technique. Join co-owner Nicholas to become informed, inspired, and tap into your creative potential. This 10-video series covers the following subjects:
- Introduction Video
- 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
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Your drum will ship within 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 :)
Noah & Nicholas
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HANDCRAFTED WITH LOVE IN A SMALL MOUNTAIN WORKSHOP IN CRESTONE, COLORADO