Hang / Hank Drum

14 Jun, 2008  |  Written by  |  under Music

A few years ago, my friend Michael Kaulkin mentioned seeing a guy in Golden Gate Park playing a “Hang Drum”. This is a metal drum with tuned surfaces on the top, and makes a really neat sound. Here’s a sample:

I think Michael was interested in the drum because he thought it was from Hungary, and he’s obsessed with all things Hungary. I was interested in it because I’m in a percussion group at church, and thought this thing would be an amazing addition. (The drum is actually from Switzerland, which like all European countries, Michael thinks of as “formerly part of Hungary”.)

Sadly, the things are impossible to get from the originators, and incredibly expensive, so I was at a loss.

Luckily, the Internet intervened, and in a moment of serendipity provided me with a random YouTube link to this:

So now I’m obsessed with buying a propane tank, drilling and cutting tongues into it, and tuning it up to make my very own “Hank Drum”.  Great for the Orff group at church, and great for taking camping!

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