Can anyone identify the instrument being played in this clip of some hippy dudes. Obviously there's a jaws harp solo at the end, but what's the inside-out steel drum thing? (Thanks Michael)
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
played with one at a hippy like festival. they are [apparently] hollow designed and built like a steel drum. i suspect that there is a cunning use of computer design and accurate steel pressing involved at some point. lovely and i seem to remember expensive.
And extremely difficult to buy. You have to write (fax or snail mail) to the guys that make them. They will then book you in for an appointment where your Hang 'will find you'. This from the forum ----
It would seem that buying a Hang has now become something of a pilgrimage or spiritual quest - and I know for a fact that they consider the proliferation of the Hang to be something that requires a sensitivity and openess among those who seek to have one and an obvious determination!!
New price is around £450/$900.
Second hand market is strongly contested - expect to pay $1500-2000 for a second-hand instrument - Euro 1500-2000 in Europe. They very occassionally come up on E-Bay but its a rare event. There's probably been around 5 or 6 in the last year or so.
The best I can say is, keep the faith, write your letter/fax and hope for the best (oh and save lots of money to afford the trip over).
check out the band Portico Quartet. They are based in London, and play on the south bank under the NFT every saturday. They have two hang players, a wicked double bassist and Soprano sax to top things off. Awesome live, and don't lose much on record.
They are at least 2 hang players in Barcelona, one use to act at the old town, and another one uses to be at the Park Guell in the week end morning. Is impressive, but a bit monotone once you have heard the instrument some times. Its still a very new instrument and the style has to be developed over time.