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The Best Handpan Stands of 2024

Whether you’re looking to play two handpans at once, you’ve got shorter legs, or just want a more secure hold of your handpan, finding a good handpan stand is essential for the beginner handpan player.


Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from, each with their own unique strengths and use cases. In this article, we’ll explore and compare some of the best handpan stand options of 2024 to help you find the right one for you.


[The following list is meant to be impartial and Planet Handpan does not receive any compensation for listing any of the following companies.]


 

#1 The Pantam Stand by Aviot: Elegance Meets Functionality


Price:

Classic Pantam Stand - $269

Black Anodized Pantam Stand - $349 Where to buy: www.aviot.com Review:

Crafted by the skilled makers of the Cajonico, Aviot, the Pantam stand has become a fast favorite among handpan players worldwide for its quick and easy setup and its sleek, elegant design. Backed by world renowned handpan player Kabecao, this stand is made from Aluminum and Stainless steel and comes in both silver and black finishes. With a fully height adjustable frame this stand covers both sitting and standing play and should accommodate players of all shapes and sizes. While the starting price tag of $269 isn't exactly the cheapest option, this handpan stand is built to last and may indeed be the first and last handpan stand you ever need to buy.


Pros:

- Fully height adjustable

- Can be used for sitting or standing play

- Durable metal construction

- Quick and easy to set up


Cons:

- Expensive

- Not ideal for bottom notes

- Has been known to rattle when playing



 

#2 The SPand: Unrestricted Play for All Handpans


Price: Approx. $200



Review:

Created by Daniel Reis the SPand offers a versatile and user-friendly experience for handpan and tongue drum players. Unlike some stands that restrict access to bottom notes, the SPand’s open design allows for uninhibited playing of the entire instrument. This is a big advantage for handpans with extended scales featuring multiple notes on the bottom shell. The stand itself is crafted from aluminum tubes, making it lightweight at 2.4kg yet sturdy enough to securely hold any handpan. The height is adjustable from 54cm to 95cm, allowing for comfortable playing in both seated and standing positions. For safety during use, the SPand incorporates a central locking system that keeps the stand securely open while playing and ensures it stays closed for convenient transport and storage. The rubberized feet provide stability on various surfaces, while the upper supports feature sponge cushioning to enhance acoustics and protect your handpan's finish.


Pros:

- Ideal for handpans with bottom notes

- Can be used for sitting or standing play

- Durable metal construction


Cons:

- Setup can be slow and clunky



 

#3 Sounds Inspiring Handpan Stands: Handcrafted Quality for Discerning Players


Price: $140 - $260



Review:

Handcrafted by Richard Bowring, the Sounds Inspiring Handpan Stand series caters to the handpan player who appreciates both style and function. These stands boast a simple yet effective design, available in sitting, standing, and two-in-one versions. Sounds Inspiring is known for their focus on quality construction, so you can expect a stand that's built beautifully. Folding legs enhance portability and allow for compact storage when not in use, and the reliable locking mechanism ensures stability and safety during playing. With its range of functionality and commitment to quality, the Sounds Inspiring Handpan Stand series offers a compelling option for handpan players who value beautiful craftsmanship style, and simplicity.


Pros:

- Beautiful wooden design

- Simple setup and teardown

- Ultra lightweight


Cons:

- Not fully height adjustable

- Less durable than steel



 

#4 The Humble Snare Drum Stand: A Practical Choice


Price: Approx. $30 - $100


Where to buy: Any music equipment store or online retailer.


Review:

For some handpan players, the simplest solution might just be the best. Snare drum stands offer a budget-friendly and readily available option for handpan players. These stands are typically full-height adjustable with tilt adjustment, and available in both sitting or standing versions allowing you to find a comfortable playing position no matter how you play. Double-braced stands are recommended for optimal stability.


While snare drum stands provide functionality and adjustability, they may not be the most lightweight option. Additionally, their industrial design might not be the most attractive compliment to the aesthetic appeal of the handpan for those who value looks.


Pros:

- Cheap

- Readily available

- Fully height adjustable

- Ultra durable


Cons:

- Heavy



 

With a variety of handpan stands available, from the budget-friendly to the more luxurious, there's an option for every player's needs. Whether you prioritize portability, adjustability, playing bottom notes, or simply a beautiful design, there's a handpan stand out there waiting to elevate your playing experience. So happy hunting, and most importantly, happy playing!


 

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