Different Materials – Different Tonal Characteristics

Hi everyone!

Many of you have asked me “What is the difference between Stainless Steel, raw steel, and nitrided steel?”

Well … here is a video of 4 pans (All are Nirvana – Dm Celtics) made of different materials. This video should give you a better idea of the differences between them. If you skip to 5:28 I give my opinion of the differences and what certain materials would be better for particular styles of playing.

Hope you enjoy



Nirvana Handpan is going Hydro

Thats right – we here at Nirvana have just started to experiment with Hydroformed Shells. Below is a video of our first pan made with Hydroformed shells. So far we are very satisfied with the results! keep posted for more updates! Currently we will continue to fill our orders with handsunk shells unless informed ahead of time, but there may soon come a time when we completely shift to hydroformed … oh btw Stainless Steel is in our future as well as MINI HANDPANS!!!!!!!!!!!! More to come soon!

Officially in Production!

That’s right! No more prototypes! Nirvana Handpan #1 was a D Celtic Minor and it sounded lovely, I will be holding ALL of my instruments to this standard! If you are interested in purchasing an instrument and have not yet signed up for the wait list, then SIGN UP NOW! Spots are filling up quick, and I go through the list in order of when you signed up – Also I will eventually CLOSE this list for this current run of instruments. This batch will all be of 18 gauge cold rolled raw steel, 21″ (23 with lip), Handsunk, 7 notes plus the ding (8 total), with a polished ding and port. There may be a few experiments in this run as I am now dabbling with nitrided steel, and I am also playing around with some deep drawn vs hand sunk shells, but unless otherwise noted all instruments will fit the previous criteria. More scales will soon be added to the sound model section and I am still open to custom scales (though don’t guarantee I will make them). I will also be offering a number of flash sales and will be auctioning off some pans on eBay throughout the run. If you sign up for the wait list or mailing list you will be the first to be notified about when these instruments go up for sale – so sign up. Not to worry, if you purchase one of the instruments via the auction or immediate purchase through flash sale, you will not lose your place in the cue for a custom instrument. I am also now happy to ship instruments within the USA, while I still prefer local pick up in Los Angeles Ca, I believe I have sorted out some good shipping methods.

I also want to tank all of you amazing people who have been following me through my journey in building! You have all been an amazing support and inspiration. All your comments on my videos and fb posts are really appreciated, each one continues to remind me what a wonderful community these instruments have created. I hope to make an instrument for each and every one of you, and from the bottom of my heart thank you greatly for the opportunity.

Much Love

Terence Jay


Nirvana Handpan is now selling prototypes!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to Nirvana Handpans. I am just now starting to accept orders for instruments. As I am still in the very early stages of building, all instruments sold are still being called “Prototypes” due to variations in things like aesthetic, steel treatment raw vs nitrated, dimple sizes as well as finishes, and a number of other variables. My instruments however will sound lovely and I would not sell one if I didn’t think it was well worth the cost!  The lowest note for the Ding I am currently producing is an E3, though this will get lower in the future! I am also currently only making instruments with 7 notes scales plus the Ding (8 notes total) though I may offer 8 note scales in the future. For more specific info about my sound sculptures please refer to the FAQ section of the website.  If you are interested in purchasing one of my instruments or if you have any questions please feel free to send me an email (via the contact page) and I will get back to you ASAP!

I look forward to hearing from you

All the best – Terence Jay