Vietnam Handpan / Pansula (Misleading Videos)

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Vietnam Handpan / Pansula (Misleading Videos)

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A warning post regarding the Handpan made in Vietnam, that now seem to be going by the name. "Pansula".



Quality can be subjective, and as long as makers are honest when they represent the sound of their instruments, we're happy to leave makers of whatever level to their own devices, and let potential purchasers decide for themselves.  But when makers / re-sellers attempt to mislead customers as to the quality of their pans, well, that's just not on.

And warning flags went up on the Vietnam Handpan a couple of weeks back when we stumbled across the following video by YouTube user, LĂȘ Anh Trung.  



Which just so happened to be one of my own personal early recordings with my Caisa Handpan.  

With the following message in the description:

'SELL HANDPAN, HANG DRUM MADE IN VIET NAM
WORKSHOP PHONG VAN AT 551 NGUYEN VAN CU STREET - LONG BIEN DISTRICT - HA NOI CITY
66 NGUYEN HUU TIEN STREET - TAY THANH WARD - TAN PHU DISTRICT - HO CHI MINH CITY'


Clearly, the instrument being used (and why they could have possibly thought that that particular video was going to bring customers running is beyond me) is not the instruments that they are actually offering for sale.

And to confirm that this appears to be an intentional move to mislead customers, today we noticed that the Pansula YouTube account had uploaded a bunch of new videos. including the following video featuring a very recognisable name from the world of Handpan, performing on what is labelled as being a "Pansula Handpan 9 Note Hijaz Scale"...



Accompanied by the following description:

'For sale: Pansula Handpan 9 Note Hijaz scale
No waiting list. Free Fast shipping worldwide.
Contact us for details.'


Which, as it turns out, is a video of a very different instrument entirely...



So, if you've been looking into the Vietnam / Pansula, do be warned, that all may not be as it seems.

The following video uploaded by Nirvana Handpan, is perhaps more representative of the true sound...

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Re: Vietnam Handpan / Pansula (Misleading Videos)

The video from their current eBay auction...



Is actually this video from Jean LAVAL, featuring Bali Steel Pan...

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Re: Vietnam Handpan / Pansula (Misleading Videos)

These guys seem to be flooding eBay at the moment.

Also listed as being from both Germany, and Israel...

eBay seller: topdidgeridoo



eBay seller: bar-orian



Both using the same misleading videos mentioned above.
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Re: Vietnam Handpan / Pansula (Misleading Videos)

Video from roniszR who purchased a Pansula Handpan...

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