These nitrided shells are the perfect canvas for building a high quality handpan. Many other shell providers simply choose any low carbon steel they can find and toss it in a nitriding furnace haphazardly.
We purchase steel in bulk (over 5 tons at a time) to ensure a consistent raw steel prior to the nitride treatment. Quality and consistency is the goal.
The steel for our shells is carefully sourced, and the nitride treatment is closely controlled to yield a result which has great tuning force (ease of tuning). The furnaces used are state-of-the art computer controlled for consistent shells from batch to batch.
Efficient tuning requires hardened steel. Raw steel is work-hardened by the use of thousands of hammer hits. The nitride treatment (when properly performed) eliminates this step entirely. After shaping the tonefields, the rough tuning can be carried out VERY quickly!
These are the same exact shells used to craft every Iskra handpan. An experienced steel tuner should have no problem rough tuning an entire shell in 30 minutes or less. New tuners may not have the same result. Tuning is a dedicated art that takes decades of practice.
Each shell has the following characteristics:
- Hydro-Formed from 18 Gauge (1.2mm thick) ASTM1008 (DC04 equivalent) low carbon steel, with controlled alloying elements.
- Fits in 21 inch diameter tuning rings
- 4.85 inches deep
- 0.5 inch wide flange, cut on a CNC plasma cutter for a perfectly circular and clean cut.
- Gas nitrided with proprietary parameters for superior rust resistance, efficient tuning, and great sustain.
Alloying elements and nitride treatments are proprietary and will not be released. These details have been carefully chosen through extensive research and experimentation over many years to result in a canvas that is perfect for tuning, unlike other handpan shell producers.
Max of 10 shells per box for shipping. Larger orders will require freight shipping; please send an email to [email protected] to inquire about larger quantity orders (greater than 20 shells). Larger quantities are subject to discounts as well.
If backordered, please allow 3 to 5 weeks for production.