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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

Steel Pan Tuning Handbook

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 publisher, Musikmuseet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Making a Steel Drum Steel Pan Tenor Pan - video by IsDePanInMe

Nickname 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.

How To Make Your Own Steel Drum by David Beery, Smarty Pans

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. Visit at:

All About Pans

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

En kort bakgrund till instrumentet steel pan och karnevalen på Trinidad. on Pan has an interesting Wikipedia entry on steelpans.

Absolute Astronomy on Pan

Absolute Astronomy has a good dictionary entry on the origin of steelpans.

About the "Steel Drum"

A presentation of the instrument, done by the Toucans Steel Drum Band.