How do I care for my handpan? | HandpanCare

How can I optimally care for my Opsilon?

An Opsilon Handpan is a delicate instrument and requires proper care. Here’s how to do it right.

Traveling with Your Handpan

When traveling with your handpan, always store it in a dry bag. Never store the instrument in a damp container. If it gets wet from rain, thoroughly clean both the instrument and the bag, and let them dry before playing again. The same goes for your bag; let it dry before the next use. If it’s raining outside, wait until it stops. There will be another good opportunity, so don’t panic! When you’re on the go, take your handpan out of the bag only once you’re back in your tent, hotel, castle, etc.

Clean your Opsilon Handpan after each playing session. Use a microfiber cloth to remove any residue of oil, dirt, and acids from your fingers and palms. It’s recommended to do this immediate cleaning dry.

Avoid exposing your instrument to moist and salty environments for extended periods. This doesn’t mean you can’t take it to the beach. Traveling is part of the handpan experience, so optimal care is essential. Unfortunately, high humidity and salt are not ideal for metal. Clean your instrument thoroughly after a session at the sea and don’t leave your hard case open, so it doesn’t become damp inside. Put your instrument directly in the case after playing.

If you’ll be in areas with high humidity, consider purchasing a humidity absorber. There are good products on the market specifically designed for handpans and handpan cases.

Care Instructions

  1. Clean your Opsilon Handpan after each session with the microfiber cloth provided with every delivery. The porous surface tends to absorb dirt and other organic materials, making the instrument more prone to rust and discoloration. The cloth can wipe away excess residues of oil/dirt that accumulate on the surface from playing with your fingers and palms.
  2. Use a surface care product like “TurtleCare” (recommended!), oil, or anti-corrosion sprays. The “TurtleCare” solution is a special ceramic coating for handpans and does not contain oil. It has the outstanding advantage of not negatively affecting the overtones, whereas oil tends to impair them over time. “TurtleCare” ensures the sound of the handpan and provides optimal surface protection. Application (about every 4 weeks): Apply a few drops of “TurtleCare” (or oil) to your handpan. Spread it evenly with a paper towel (or something else not too absorbent) over the entire surface until the handpan shines and there is no excess solution. You can also let it dry for a few minutes. If your handpan has been treated with oil before, it should be degreased first before applying “TurtleCare”.

Protection Against Environmental Influences

Sunlight: Avoid exposing your handpan to direct sunlight for extended periods. The heat can affect the instrument’s tension and thus alter its tuning. If it has been exposed to the sun, let it cool down before playing.

Moisture and Salt: Do not expose your instrument to moist and salty environments for long periods. After a session at the sea or in humid areas, the handpan should be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Be cautious with the case; it should only be opened briefly. If moisture gets into the case, it can create a dangerous microclimate.

Cleaning and Maintenance

After Playing: Clean your handpan after each session with a microfiber cloth. This removes excess residues of oil, dirt, and acids from your hands and palms.

TurtleCare Ceramic Coating: For additional protection, we recommend the handpanCare ceramic coating “TurtleCare”. This special coating particularly protects nitrided steel handpans and does not affect the instrument’s overtones. Apply a few drops and spread them evenly over the entire surface of your handpan.

Additional Tips

Storage: We advise against long-term storage in a hard shell case. Even though the ceramic coating offers protection, it is not recommended to leave the instrument in the hard case as it can create a microclimate due to lack of air circulation. We recommend floor stands or wall mounts as better options.

Traveling: When traveling with your instrument, ensure it is not left constantly in the case, especially in humid climates. Make sure to allow for air circulation and check if the case has become damp inside.

Summary: Key Care Points

  • Protect the handpan from direct sunlight and heat.
  • Clean the instrument after each use.
  • Avoid moist and salty environments.
  • Use the TurtleCare ceramic coating for additional protection.
  • Consider purchasing a humidity absorber for the hard case in humid areas. However, this is mainly for travel and not a permanent solution.
  • Prefer floor stands or wall mounts for storage.

Information on Additional Care Products

  • Oils and anti-corrosion sprays can protect your instrument. However, all oils affect the overtones. TurtleCare is not an oil but a ceramic coating specifically developed for handpans.
  • Apply a few drops of TurtleCare to your handpan and spread it over the surface with a piece of dry kitchen paper. After a short time, a protective coating will form on your instrument, guarding it against dust, dirt, and corrosion.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your Opsilon Handpan remains in top condition and continues to produce beautiful music for years to come.