The Orbi hand pan is made from two sheets of steel that are spun, tuned and attached together to create “a flying Saucer shaped instrument”. The top of the Orbi has a centre note spun into it with seven or eight tone fields sunk around its upper surface with dimples. The bottom is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the centre with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is played. The instrument weighs 3.5 kgs. Each tone field has multiple overtones oriented specifically in the flattened field with “dimples” roughly at the centre.
We must pay a special tribute to the original makers of the Hang for developing the steel pan concept further which has now evolved into the most interesting instruments of today. By taking the development of the Caribbean steel pan further, it shows that they are a big hearted group to allow others to partake in this development just as the Caribbean makers of the steel pans did all those years ago - teaching people from across the world to learn how to make and tune the instruments so that this development work could be carried forward to what it is today - not forgetting the makers of the Gamelan which also contributed to the ideas of this marvellous 21st century instrument.
We are a Caribbean Steel pan maker and have now decided to break with tradition to make the brilliant sounding Orbi hand pans in two differing types; the right hand version and (after coming to the conclusion that there are many left handed people out there who would like to own and play the hand pans) specifically made left handed Orbi for all those who are left handed.
After many months of research in rust prevention, the Orbi Team came up with a rust inhibitor to treat all of our pans for creeping rust due to metal degradation, damp air and salt from the player’s hands. This will ensure a longer lasting life for your Orbi and a happy owner with an instrument - free from the dreaded “RUST” factor that plagues so many of the instruments.
The Orbi can be played by your children or those who do not consider themselves “musical” almost at once. There are no wrong notes that you could play, therefore it is ideal for a teach yourself instrument that will give you hours of total enjoyment and the best results if you practise constantly. It is also ideal for schools and for music therapy.
Here at OrbiPan, we are reluctant to have people on waiting lists as we understand that many things can change in the months you may find yourself waiting. In light of this, we are operating a ‘draw’ system, in which you are regularly able to win the chance to order an Orbi. Here is a guide on how to order: