As the sound continued to float on the breeze, I felt a spiritual connection so I moved closer to inspect the instrument and how the different sounds were produced. Plucking up courage I asked the man what the instrument was called: A Handpan. I was hooked. Love at first sight or should I say, sound.
I asked him to play so I could record on my mobile phone. He kindly obliged and I decided there and then I must have one.
However, I was informed as they are handcrafted they are not only expensive but also have a long lead time from placing the order. We continued to talk and on leaving he gave me his card. Detlef Michael Cremer.
The moment I arrived home I spent hours researching what and where to buy. Especially, which tone (Scale) I preferred. It was at this point I began spinning on the spot as there were so many options. But where there is a will there’s a way… and I [STRIKE]will find[/STRIKE] found a way!
After a few days of scouring the net and various handpan Facebook groups, I found a manufacturer in Portugal who was accepting orders. There were only four manufacturing slots available, so I stepped way out of my comfort zone and ordered a handpan - scale Celtic D-Minor. My handpan should be read mid July. We will see.
This was actually quite a leap of faith as I'd never seen a handpan before, yet alone played one.
My children, thought I'd gone senile. An aged hippy... but there you go. Age is only a number and state of mind.