The Pan Page FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and my answers to them. Please scan this page for an answer to your question before you send e-mail to me.
- FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I buy your book on Steel Pan Tuning?
- Sorry, but you can't purchase the book in print anymore. It's out of print. But fortunately, you can download the full book as a free PDF file from The Pan Page's section about pan tuning.
- Can you give me some advice on building and tuning?
- No, sorry. All I know (or even more...) about steelpan building and tuning is documented in my book: "Steel Pan Tuning", which is published in full extent on the Internet at the address: stockholmsteelband.se/pan/tuning/. You may also download PDF files of the book for printing at address: stockholmsteelband.se/pan/tuning/pdf/
- Can you add my steelband to your list?
- Sure. Drop me a mail at adress ulf [dot] kronman [at] gmail [dot] com with the name and address of the band and give me some time to put it up on the list. If you have a web page, please give me the address, so I can put a link to it. If not, I tell me if I may put up your mail address, so people may be able to contact you.
- Can I build my own steel pan?
- If you have to ask, you can't. Steel pan tuning is a skill that takes years of practice and lots of (wasted) drums to master. I have tried to make about five pans myself and none of them was playable.
- Can I make a steel pan out of a kerosene or coffee can?
- Depends on what you mean with a "steel pan". You may get one or two sounding notes out of a coffee or kerosene can, but you can certainly not make a playable steel pan.
- Where and how can I buy a steel pan?
Depends on where you live. The best way to do it is to find a good tuner and order a pan directly from him.
If you live in the USA, check with Panyard Inc, or a tuner or a tuning company from my list.
If you live in Switzerland you are well off, there are at least two factories there - check the list.
- How much does a good pan cost?
- My guess would be around a $500-$700, much depending on the quality of the instrument, skill of the tuner, type of finish, transport, quantity, etc.
- Are you selling steel drums, and what's the price?
- No, I'm not making and selling steel drums.
- Where can I join a band?
- Depends on where you live. Check my list of bands.
- How can I learn to play the pan?
- Join a band. As an alternative, PanYard is selling a beginners' book on pan playing, named "Beginning Steel Drum". It features Othello Molineaux and teaches scales, playing technique and includes a CD with song samples.
- Is there a book I can read to learn how to play?
- There are some books for beginners, but sorry; I don't know the titles.
- Who are you?
- I'm a Swedish physicist, today (2019) in my sixties, nowdays retired from my former work as a bibliometric anayst.
- Why are you doing this?
- Well, I was playing tenor (soprano) in the Stockholm steelband Hot Pans for over 10 years, and since I have a physicist education, I started to do some hobby research in the acoustics of the pan and wrote a book in 1992 to document the tuning techniques as a part of this research. In the nineties, I used to work as a web developer, and therefore I decided to put my material on the net and try to create an electronic forum for the instrument.
- What is your e-mail address?
- You may send e-mail to me at the address: ulf [dot] kronman [at] gmail [dot] com