*Rubber mallets included in every order. Please refer tothe virtual drum to hear all the notes in the scale.
This is a Japanese Minor Pentatonic scale, which means it is comprised of only 5 notes taken from a minor scale. Five note scales are extremely popular for their ability to construct melody and lead parts very easily. For example, the genre of Blues music is popular for it's use of the pentatonic scale.
The specific notes are what makes an Akebono scale uniquely recognizable & gives the sounds of the drum an overall feeling. If the spacing or interval of the notes remains the same but the lowest note is made to sound higher or lower, then the key changes up or down, but the scale and overall feeling remains recognizably the same.
Playability: As with all Manastone steel tongue drums, all the notes are in a specially selected scale. That means it's in perfect harmony with itself, so it's easy to make it sound good. This is a very playable drum because the notes and combination of notes (chords) are very familiar to our ears. Our intuitive layout of notes makes it easy to play. This is also a great drum for jamming with other instruments.
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: We are able to make you a drum that floats if you select the hole to be on top of the drum andchoose a chameleon finish.
Tuning: Theworld wide standard tuning is 440hzfor 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 areeasily in tune with other the other instruments.
You are also able toselect tuning at 432hzif you prefer non-standard tuning. 432 is essentially a lower tuning, so each note would be slightly lower. 432hz tunings are often used in thesound healingworld 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 top because this offers more volume and clearer sound. However, the benefits of putting the hole on bottom are that the drum is just a little bit quieter andyou now have a metal strike zonein the middle of the drum that you can hit with the mallet or your hand for a "Cymbal" like ringing smack.
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 AND BUILD
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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