Key types and root

The key (or 'tuning' or 'scale') of a handpan is determined by the combination of the different tones on the handpan. You start at the root in the middle; the bass tone in which it is tuned. "Matching" tones are placed around this bass tone. Handpan tuning creates a certain mood: major or minor, happier or dreamier, more meditative or livelier, but also a more exotic sound is possible - it depends on the tuning. Which key you choose is very personal.

We can provide handpans in different scales.

If you watch the videos on this page you can listen to Chayas in different scales and find out which tuning is best for you.

Unique sound

All our Chayas have a high and consistent quality and each instrument is a precious jewel (also for us). And that makes sense, because every hammer beat will change the character of the handpan; no two drums are exactly the same.

Apart from the key, the metal, the nitration process and of course the maker's handiwork are also essential for the unique character of each Chaya drum. More about this can be found under The making of the Chaya handpan.

Available keys

The following  scales are the most common, and can be found in our regular range. If you would like a different tuning, please contact us for a custom scale.

Chaya F- BigBear 1,00 mm

Chaya D-Kurd-9 1,00 mm

Chaya C-Aegean 1,00 mm

Chaya D-Celtic 1,00 mm

Chaya C-Amara 1,00 mm

Chaya C# AnnaZiska 1,00 mm

Chaya E-Kurd 1,00 mm

Chaya C# Amara 1,00 mm

Chaya G-Oxalis 1,00 mm

Chaya B-Kurd 1,00 mm

Chaya C# Om in 432hz  1,00 mm

Chaya D-Hijaz 1,00 mm

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