Hot Pans - Stockholm Steelband

The Pan Page FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and my answers to them. Please scan this page for an answer to your question before you send e-mail to me.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy your book on Steel Pan Tuning?
Sorry, but you can't purchase the book in print anymore. It's out of print. But fortunately, you can download the full book as a free PDF file from The Pan Page's section about pan tuning.
Can you give me some advice on building and tuning?
No, sorry. All I know (or even more...) about steelpan building and tuning is documented in my book: "Steel Pan Tuning", which is published in full extent on the Internet at the address: stockholmsteelband.se/pan/tuning/. You may also download PDF files of the book for printing at address: stockholmsteelband.se/pan/tuning/pdf/
Can you add my steelband to your list?
Sure. Drop me a mail at adress ulf [dot] kronman [at] gmail [dot] com with the name and address of the band and give me some time to put it up on the list. If you have a web page, please give me the address, so I can put a link to it. If not, I tell me if I may put up your mail address, so people may be able to contact you.
Can I build my own steel pan?
If you have to ask, you can't. Steel pan tuning is a skill that takes years of practice and lots of (wasted) drums to master. I have tried to make about five pans myself and none of them was playable.
Can I make a steel pan out of a kerosene or coffee can?
Depends on what you mean with a "steel pan". You may get one or two sounding notes out of a coffee or kerosene can, but you can certainly not make a playable steel pan.
Where and how can I buy a steel pan?
Depends on where you live. The best way to do it is to find a good tuner and order a pan directly from him.
If you live in the USA, check with Panyard Inc, or a tuner or a tuning company from my list.
If you live in Switzerland you are well off, there are at least two factories there - check the list.
How much does a good pan cost?
My guess would be around a $500-$700, much depending on the quality of the instrument, skill of the tuner, type of finish, transport, quantity, etc.
Are you selling steel drums, and what's the price?
No, I'm not making and selling steel drums.
Where can I join a band?
Depends on where you live. Check my list of bands.
How can I learn to play the pan?
Join a band. As an alternative, PanYard is selling a beginners' book on pan playing, named "Beginning Steel Drum". It features Othello Molineaux and teaches scales, playing technique and includes a CD with song samples.
Is there a book I can read to learn how to play?
There are some books for beginners, but sorry; I don't know the titles.
Who are you?
I'm a Swedish physicist, today (2019) in my sixties, nowdays retired from my former work as a bibliometric anayst.
Why are you doing this?
Well, I was playing tenor (soprano) in the Stockholm steelband Hot Pans for over 10 years, and since I have a physicist education, I started to do some hobby research in the acoustics of the pan and wrote a book in 1992 to document the tuning techniques as a part of this research. In the nineties, I used to work as a web developer, and therefore I decided to put my material on the net and try to create an electronic forum for the instrument.
What is your e-mail address?
You may send e-mail to me at the address: ulf [dot] kronman [at] gmail [dot] com