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, Lê 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.