Opsilon Handpan Workshop 26./27.6. – Impressions

After a long break of more than half a year, we finally had the opportunity to welcome you to our handpan workshop in Süßen again. We had a great time discovering the magical sounds of the handpan with you, enjoying the beautiful weather and sitting around the campfire together in the evening. We hope you had just as much fun as we did. There are still open spaces for the beginner workshop on 10./11. July, so if you are looking Read More

#savethehandpan, Importante Notice from HCU! *donate now*💰

Hereby an update on the new developements,Dear Handpan Community (Message from HCU Team)  Table of contents: PANArt seized all handpan instruments and shells in process at Ayasa Instruments PANArt summoned Ayasa Instruments to court in the Netherlands, aiming at a European ruling to use as a precedent against all makers What this could mean for the future of handpans Current status action of Bern, Switzerland Urgent call for a second round of donations to be able to continue the defense! 1. PANArt seized all handpan instruments and shells in Read More


How could the lifespan of the handpan instrument be affected by rust? The handpan is a music instrument made from two half-shells glued together. Usually, those shells are produced from sheet steel. One of the problems that naturally come with the use of steel is corrosion, reducing the lifespan of the instrument especially if the instrument is improperly cared for. This short article will discuss the phenomenon of rust, a special type of corrosion. Corrosion is the process by which Read More

The Handpan Beginner’s Guide: Part 3

Travelling with your Handpan Travelling in general Which journey was particularly inspiring for you? And why? Rafael: I spent eight years without a break to travel all over the world, to more than 40 countries. During this time, I played a lot on the street or in nature, but real concerts were still a must. Each country has its own unique circumstances, a unique nature with flora and fauna – and the people have their own mentality. Because of this Read More

The Handpan Beginner’s Guide: Part 2

First Exercises and Maintenance Now that you`ve chosen your handpan the adventure really begins. However, the first obstacles to be overcome are already around the corner. How do I store my handpan? How often should I play? What is the right maintenance? What are good exercises for beginners? We will look at all these topics in the second part of our beginner’s guide. Together with Rafael Sotomayor, the manufacturer of the Opsilon handpans, we want to support you in learning Read More

The Handpan Beginner Guide

Research If you consider buying an Handpan, the first thing you start with is the selection of a scale. You can use Youtube as a research tool to find the perfect fit for you, there is a lot of Handpan music available. Check which Handpans your favorite artists use and get inspired. We often recommend the D minor Handpan as a beginner instrument due to the variety of songs you can play with it. Added to that, there are 9 Read More

Handpan Duo

Valentines Day Special

If you order an Opsilon Handpan between the 14.02 and the 28.02.2020 you will save the shipping costs. (Only for instruments that are in stock.)If you need any help, contact “[email protected]” for more information. Shipping is worlwide and every instrument has the five years warranty and also comes with the TurtleCare cleaning set. Still you have to purchase a hardcase for securing safe shipping. We have some also a little surprise for you this Friday. Check out our Facebook and Read More

Livekonzert in Lenningen 07.02.2020

Dieses Jahr wollen wir wieder aktiver der Musik nachgehen und fangen auch direkt an: Live-Konzerte: – 07.02.2020 Lenningen – Bürgerhaus im Bahnhof – Beginn: 19:30/ Einlass 18:30 – Karten: 12/10€Für Suppen und Getränke ist gesorgt. Kate Stone und Rafael Sotomayor, Süßen, Baden-Württemberg In liebevoller Handarbeit wird die Opsilon Handpan von Rafael Sotomayor in seiner Werkstatt in Süßen, Baden-Württemberg gefertigt, wo sie auch ihr beliebter Workshop stattfindet. Die Opsilon ist eine von der Hang, dem Gatham, dem Gong und der Steel Read More

Besondere Opsilon Workshops 2020 / Special Opsilon Workshops 2020

Wir wollen dieses Jahr einige besondere Workshops veranstalten, auf die wir uns sehr freuen. Unser Anfänger Workshop hat 2019 großen Anklang gefunden und wir sind überaus froh, dass wir so viele Gäste bei uns in Süßen begrüßen durften. Leider war unser erster Fortgeschrittener Workshop im November nicht ganz so gut besucht wie erhofft, aber dennoch hat der Workshop Rafael viel Spaß gemacht und somit möchte er dem fortgeschrittenen Workshop noch eine Chance geben, in der Hoffnung, dass sich ein paar mehr von euch trauen Read More

New & Old Music

Dear handpan family, Today we want to share some musically updates with you. Now there are all albums of Rafael on Spotify, the most on Bandcamp and in our very own online shop for streaming and also as digital download. The missing album “The Vibration Of The Hang” on last named platforms is about to follow shortly. Here are the links: Spotify: Bandcamp: We want to advice you the albums “The Melody Within” and “Urban” by Kate Stone, which are Read More