why handpan do not sound like steel drum?

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why handpan do not sound like steel drum?

they made in same way from same thin but sound differently . why?
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Re: why handpan do not sound like steel drum?

Hey, metalPanDrumMusic.

Not being a maker, I'm no expert, but from what I've read, the "dimples" (in the centre of the tone-fields) are one of the main reasons for the difference in sound.  

I seem to remember reading something about them "controlling unwanted partials that Handpan players find undesirable" (but can't find the source off-hand).  Traditional Steelpan do not tend to have these dimples.

There are probably many other factors too.  Such as the resonating chamber on the bottom that adds a sort of natural echo to the sound.  And then for makers who nitride, the shells have a more ceramic quality - which also (to my knowledge) effects the sound.
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Re: why handpan do not sound like steel drum?

about dimples it will help to understand how they affect sound if you watch video where there are handpan without dimples

video called
 hang and handpan comparison
in 25 min
Aaron Aaron
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Re: why handpan do not sound like steel drum?

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I think HPM is right, it's to do with the shape of the dimples although I am not 100% certain.

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