These HAPI drums are at our front door in the shop because ANY body can make beautiful music with them. What a treat! Find out more about them on each individual steel tongue drums.
Our HAPI Drums use tongues cut to different sizes to produce its tones. The steel is thicker at about 2mm. The original concept of using steel tongues came from Dennis Havlena who began cutting tongues into propane tanks in 2007. These types of drums are called Hank Drums, a play on words mixing Hang and Tank together. Starting with his concept, they began experimenting with different custom made musical steels and their own unique note layouts to build on Dennis’ original idea. They have also created their own molded shapes to make the HAPI Steel Tongue Drum line of instruments.
The HAPI Mini, Slim and Origin use eight note pentatonic scales arranged around the top. The HAPI UFO uses eleven notes in the C major scale. It has a center note similar to a Hang but rather than being a lower pitch to the scale it is musically in the middle of the scale. The HAPI Bell is a combination of a steel tongue drum, bell, gong, and singing bowl.