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VibeDrum Verwendungsmöglichkeiten


Die vielfältigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten der VibeDrums sind auf jeden Fall bemerkenswert:


Musik: Durch den harmonischen Klang und seine beruhigende Wirkung wird die VibeDrum gerne als Einzelinstrument gespielt, unter anderem um in einen meditativen Zustand zu gelangen. Uns ist aber auch bekannt, dass die Drums in verschiedenen Bands von Folk bis New Age und sogar in einer deutschen Heavy Metal Band zum Einsatz kommen. Auch Anfänger und Kinder können sofort loslegen – es braucht kein langes Üben.


Massage: Durch das geringe Gewicht, das schlanke Design und die glatte Unterseite eignet sich die Single Drum hervorragend für eine Klangmassage und ersetzt oder ergänzt die Klangschalen. Auch die von uns entwickelte “VibeDrum Massage” wird schon von vielen Massagetherapeuten angewendet.


Therapie: In der Alternativmedizin zur Reinigung und Energetisierung der Chakren und Meridiane sowie in Kombination mit Reiki Behandlungen. Die beruhigende Wirkung nützen auch Psychologen bei der Behandlung von nervösen Störungen.



History and Terminology

These drums are relatively new as far as musical instruments go. Because of this there seems to be some confusion as to exactly what they are called which makes it difficult and confusing when doing an internet search. Thus we have seen a number of terms being used, including; Hang (drum), handpan drum, steel pan drum, slit drum, tank drum, steel drum, steel tongue drum and hank drum. So let’s demystify this by exploring the differences.


The VibeDrum is a Hank Drum also known as a Steel Tongue Drum which originated out of the Tank Drum. The first tank drums were made out of old propane or butane cylinders…they sound okay but they always have a hollow hard steel aspect to them. Our VibeDrum evolved out of this concept into it’s current form, which is far superior, and is a Hank Drum which is a combination of the words Hang drum and Tank drum. Because of the way that the notes are cut it is also known as a Steel Tongue Drum.


Hang drum, Handpan drum, Steel Pan drum

The Panart Company located in Switzerland is the innovator of the handpan drum they call it a ‘Hang”. It became very popular in Europe but some people feel that due to it’s price and availability it brought about a host of other Handpan  or Steelpan drum manufacturers. These drums borrow upon the Steel Drum concept but everything is basically turned inside out.


Steel Drums

Steel Drums are the ones you see in the Caribbean, traditionally made from an old 55 gallon steel drum. The notes are created by indenting the steel with a hammer although much more modern methods are used today. Handpan drums are based upon this principle its just that they inverted the drum and made it convex instead of concave and added a bottom shell to it to bring out the notes when played by hand instead of hard mallets.


Slit Drums

Although you may want to class a VibeDrum as a Slit Drum it really isn’t. A Slit Drum is traditionally made of wood in the shape of a rectangular box. The notes are cut into the top of the box usually in long rectangles.



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