The Steel Pan Instrument
The steel pan, the tuned steel drum, is one of the few genuinely novel
acoustic instruments invented in the twentieth century. Its origin is
believed to be dustbins, used as rhythm instruments by the traditional
Carnival bands of Trinidad & Tobago in the 1930's. During its
50-year history the steel pan has evolved from a multi-pitched
percussion instrument to the mellow-sounding melodic-harmonic
instrument of today.
Steel Pan Tuning - a Handbook for Steel Pan Making and Tuning
by Ulf Kronman - the one and only book of it's kind - now on the net!
Here presented in full format, including pictures and drawings.
Hypertext presentation done by the author, with courtesy of the
Musikmuseet in Stockholm, Sweden.
IsDePanInMe has published a YouTube video showing the making of a tenor pan,
where a young Ray Holman describes the set-up of the notes on the Tenor Pan.
A 60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" (#V1010).
Hosted by David Beery, owner of Smarty Pans.
This unprecedented 60 minute 'how to' video shows the entire process of
how to make a professional single tenor pan in 18 simple steps.
Includes information on finding a barrel, shaping, sinking, tuning, chroming and much more.
The California-based company
Steel Drum Shop
has put together an FAQ page named All about pans,
including a brief history
and some nice photos from the
building and tuning process.
The Steel Pan - an introduction in Swedish
bakgrund till instrumentet steel pan och
karnevalen på Trinidad.
Answers.com has an interesting Wikipedia entry on steelpans.
Absolute Astronomy has a good
dictionary entry on the origin of steelpans.
A presentation of the instrument, done by the
Toucans Steel Drum Band.