Care & Maintenance

As with any instrument, Handpans require delicate care and ongoing maintenance. The two main things to watch out for are rust and detuning. On very rare occasions the shells can also split where they are glued together at the rim, so it’s good to keep an eye on this.


Once you receive your brand new instrument, you may notice it will gradually become more resonant and fuller sounding. This is because with any new Handpan, it takes time for the instrument to settle, mature and glue to cure. This can take up to 6 or 12 months sometimes. The most change happens in the first couple of weeks before you receive it, then the maturing becomes gradually more subtle. It's literally taken thousands of hammer strikes so the steel needs time to relax again.


Your Celestial Sound Handpan is made using Ayasa shells, as such they are lightly nitrided. This provides an outer crust surface that helps to protect it from rust, amongst other things.


It does however also mean that the surface can be scratched and chipped. Once it is scratched or chipped, the area is at higher risk of rusting.

Care Instructions

     Best to wipe your instrument with the provided cloth after each use. Keep this cloth clean if you can.

     Best to be waxed/oiled every 2 weeks to 2 months (depending the material). Use a different rag to apply the wax/oil and remove the excess.

     Only Pure Sound Wax or Phoenix Oil are approved for use.

     Your instrument will love a thorough clean every 6 - 12 months to remove any built up dirt/oils.

     A Handpan should only be played with 1 single finger as it is delicate, no fists or open hands and definitely no sticks or mallets. Remember, the instrument is hammered into tune so rough play can detune it.

     Best to be stored outside the case in a safe place. However if stored inside the case, leave the zip 1/4 open, this is to ensure you don't trap moisture inside the case.

     Make sure the foam in the case doesn't get wet or damp. Dry it out if it does get wet.

     Don't play the instrument if it’s hot, i.e if it's been in the sun. If it's hot to touch then it's too hot to play. The heat softens the steel which makes it more malleable, meaning it can detune easier.

How to minimise rust or damage:

If you take care with all the above pointers, your instrument should only need a retune every year or two. Note that under certain circumstances you may require to wax/oil your instrument more often, some examples may include if you live near the ocean, if you do not wipe the instrument with the microfibre cloth after each use, if you play very often (daily for example), if it is dirtied or becomes wet/damp or if you are a professional musician with a stricter tolerance on the tuning variation.


It’s a good idea to just do a spot check every month or so to see if you can see any discolouration, particularly on the polished rim and at the seam around the edges near the rim or over the tonefields. This may indicate it is nearing the onset of rust. Take a damp towel and wipe over it, if the towel appears a brown dirty colour, immediately thoroughly clean the instrument with isopropyl alcohol or warm soapy water and then reapply your Phoenix Oil or Pure Sound Wax once it is dry. Ensure you do not touch the instrument after it has been cleaned, so you don’t trap finger oils under the Phoenix oil or Pure Sound Wax.


If you are requiring to fly with your instrument, you can find more information about the best cases to use for flying in the FAQ page.



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