• I was amazed. I’ve never played a pan that
    was so well balanced in tone, touch and tuning.

    Phil Hawkins
  • Darren is a world class tuner, one of that select group
    that have mastered Ellie Mannette’s techniques.

    Andy Narell – World Renowned Pannist, Composer, Educator
  • Beautiful musical instruments for the

    professional pan player and steel band alike.

    Tom Miller – Composer, Educator, Performer with Pan Ramajay Productions
  • Darren’s instruments have a clear and defined voice,

    warm, resonant and smooth across all registers.

    Tom Miller – Composer, Educator, Performer with Pan Ramajay Productions
  • My double second and lead both are warm and

    resonant throughout their entire range!

    Dave Hall, Asst. Professor of Percussion and Jazz University of NE-Lincoln
  • I’m so happy to play these pans!

    Dave Hall, Asst. Professor of Percussion and Jazz University of NE-Lincoln
  • Darren’s pan building and tuning are informed by his

    varied talents as a pan player, arranger and composer.

    Tom Miller – Composer, Educator, Performer with Pan Ramajay Productions
  • Darren is a meticulous craftsman, devoted

    to making the best instruments possible.

    Dave Hall, Asst. Professor of Percussion and Jazz University of NE-Lincoln

Halo production in Europe

Pantheon Steel and Pancycle are working together to produce new Halos (a member of the Handpan family) at my workshop here in Brussels.  These Instruments are the AG or “Altered Geometry” instruments meaning they are slightly smaller than the original Halo but are made with the same process, care and attention.  It is an honor to be a part of this next chapter in the Halo story and to be helping make more of these very popular instruments available.  For information on purchasing a Halo contact Pantheon at pantheonsteel.com.

 

Handpan Tuning

Since its creation the handpan has grown to be one of the most sought after percussion instruments in the world.  Its accessibility has given it appeal to professional and amateur musicians alike. As with the steel pan it requires regular professional care and tuning to ensure that it retains its original sonic brilliance. Regular maintenance also gives the instrument longevity.  I bring the same philosophy and standards to the tuning of these instruments as I do the steel pan.

 

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A well-tuned instrument can mean the difference between an average performance and an exceptional one. Give your pans the best care and the music will shine. I have nearly two decades of professional experience and training working in the United States and abroad. In tuning I strive to honor the original character of the instrument while refining the pitch and balance to the greatest degree possible.
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Composition and Performance

Performing, arranging and composing has always been the basis of my relationship with the steel pan. I performed regularly as a soloist, sideman, and bandleader since my first encounter with the steel pan in 1986. These activities informed my work as a tuner and kept me connected to the community of performers of modern steel pan music. Currently performances are rare however sheet music of some compositions including my collection of duets for double seconds are available from boxfishmusic.com

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