Handpan Spacedrum® introduction

The Spacedrum® belongs to the steeldrum and Hang family (the Hang® was created in Switzerland by Panart® in 1999).

This handpan is a french designed melodic metal percussion by Philippe Maignaut & Djoliba with trademark and patent filed.

In october 2011 they have created together a company called Metal Sounds dedicated to the making of handpans & steel tongue drums.

Intuitive music instrument for all

The Spacedrum® is made for all the percussionists, beginners or experienced, as also for person looking for new sounds, new types of game or just musical discovery!

It is played with hands or with sticks specifically designed for this instrument.

Its dimensions and its ergonomic shape allows to take it everywhere with you, to put it on your own thighs or improvised support, to play outdoor, live or studio.

Metal Sounds offers 2 different lines of handpan:

– Spacedrum Nitro® (nitrided raw steel)

– Spacedrum Evolution® (stainless steel)

Our handpans are available in a diatonic, pentatonic and even chromatic ranges. The Spacedrum Evolution® is also the first handpan to offer a full chromatic scale (13 notes) to play all styles of music in any tone.

It is also possible to “create” your own Spacedrum!

Recherche & Innovation

Handpan Spacedrum French DesignThe manufacturing process of Spacedrum is the result of several years of study and research.

This is an exciting and complex percussion to manufacture.

Our initial purpose, the convergence of the 5 parameters below, is now acquired:

  • Sound Quality
  • Ergonomics game
  • Finishes
  • New Formats
  • Best Quality/price ratio

An unique know-how in France

For nearly 20 years Phillipe Maignaut manufactures, provides and tunes steel drums (pan drums) in the South of France.

Phillipe Maignaut Handpan France

Several years of research in mechanical production of steel drums, and experience by making traditional “pans”, have been used to bild the Spacedrum project.

Using specific tools, we offer a full range of Spacedrum designed and assembled with great care from selected steel sheets, using some mechanical process.

The tuning, it is an art. This know-how acquired along the years is a guarantee of quality that we can now produce reliable and sound instruments.

Manufacturing & Tuning process

Once our plates of steel are selected, we reproduce the manual stretching shells (stretching by hydroforming or stamping) in perfect proportions and surface conditions.
After having trained and urged the sound-hole (Gu) we are proceding to a thermic treatment. Further work is done by pneumatic and manual hammering (dimples, DING, notes shaping, …) before the first tuning starts. The dome undergoes another thermic and anti-corrosion treatment and is tuned again.

Finally, the two elements (dome and bottom) are assembled by welding or collage. When these steps are completed, a surface treatment and finishing come to punctuate a final tuning phase that validates the end of the process.

The Spacedrum is then packed in custom manufactured box to be shipped without risk of being damaged.

Craftsman work

To ensure the Spacedrum production in France is to ensure the quality control and the monitoring. The full manufacturing process is easily controllable, from the purchase of raw materials to the finished instrument.

Each Spacedrum is unique, fully manually granted, so this home-made work permits us to answer to special queries.


Our workshop in France also guarantees our customers efficient and fast service, with adapted tools to repair and/or re-grant any instrument.

Re-granting a Spacedrum costs between 70€ and 200€ maximum. We will do a specific study and an preliminary estimate for each case, we start the work after your validation.