Buying an Iskra Handpan
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So you want to buy a handpan…. Fantastic!
You’ve probably been exhaustively searching the internet to find the best or cheapest) handpan for sale. Handpans are quite expensive, and for good reason; they are deceptively complex to build and the skill of tuning steel takes decades to master.
We’d like to go over a few things you should consider when making your handpan purchase so you can avoid any disappointment or confusion!
Click to expand each section below to guide your way when purchasing your first handpan!
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Motif, Flagship, or Artisan?
We offer three different series of the Iskra handpan, with each one catering to a specific type of player.
In short, the Motif is our best value and perfect for beginners or those on a tighter budget.
The Flagship is our primary line, and will have the tightest quality standards. Quality and consistency is what we aim for, making the flagship perfect for players who want solid performance for a respectable price when compared to competitors. The flagship is great for musicians intent on performing live or in recordings.
The Artisan series is the best of the best. Only the best instruments will be offered as the Artisan series, and their availability is extremely limited (a handful per year, at most).
Happy, Neutral, or Exotic?
There are countless sound models in the handpan world today. Whether you’re buying your first handpan or your tenth, choosing a sound model is perhaps the most difficult task when purchasing a handpan.
While there are so many sound models in existance, we have found that they can generally be broken down into 3 categories; Happy, Neutral, and Exotic.
This is an extremely personal decision, and we recommend you watch every video example that we have for each sound model to see what you like!
That said, a neutral sound model is generally recommended if you feel completely unable to decide. A Celtic 8 is usually a go-to sound model for most beginning handpan enthusiasts. D Minor is also extremely popular, more so than a Celtic 8, but it will come at a slightly higher price tag.
All in all, take your time on this step!
Matte or Polished?
The Iskra handpan is offered in two finishes for our Flagship series. The Motif Series, on the other hand, is currently only offered as a matte finish unless otherwise specified on the product page.
A matte finish has an earthy, raw look too it. There may be fingerprints, color variations, and/or spots. These are all visual, and make each one appear very unique. The matte surface itself has a similar feel to something ceramic, like a smooth clay pot. This is the same finish as the Hang that was offered from PANArt.
A polished finish simply removes the matte finish. It will appear as a strong metallic silver. The feel will also be more metallic as opposed to the ceramic feel of the matte finish. The polished finish will have slightly more sustain and volume, though this is generally only discernible to trained ears.
Case or No Case?
Our instruments do not include a case by default, but you are welcome to add one to your order.
If you choose to go without a case, we have a very secure method of packing your handpan to prevent damage during its journey to your door. By utilizing AB expanding foam for a custom fit, the handpan is safely nestled and secured within a double walled and sturdy cardboard box.
We offer Eva-Tek cases made by Hardcase Technologies, and also Namana Handpan bags. Both are fantastic options, and we encourage you to visit each of their websites to help you decide on which one you would like.
If you purchase a case with your handpan, your handpan will ship within the case itself.
The vast majority of our handpans are shipped around the world. We offer shipping to anywhere we can, but some countries are much more expensive due to their laws and size restrictions.
Within the contiguous United States, we utilize FedEx ground. Customers in Los Angeles can expect to pay around $60 or $70, whereas customers on the East coast will pay a little over $100.
Hawaii and Alaska shipments will utilize USPS and will be around $120.
International shipments will use USPS and the receiving country’s postal system. In the case that the destination country’s postal system will not handle the size of the shipment, the only option is Global Express guaranteed, which is generally at least $450 and up to $850.
You can calculate an exact shipping price by adding a handpan to your cart, viewing your cart, and then using the shipping calculator on that page.
If you’d like to pick your handpan up in person, you are more than welcome to! We love getting to meet our customers in person. You can easily setup an appointment with us for your pickup by emailing us at [email protected]
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