This is a hang (pronounced ‘hung’ or ‘hong’):
And this is how a hang is played:
Pretty sweet, eh? My prediction is that this will become the number one must-have present for all self-respecting musos come Christmas 2007. I know I’ll be putting one on my list; if only I could find out how much they cost. The only price I’ve found to date was on a Swedish E-bay site or something, which put it at 2,500 Euros. Pretty steep for what looks like a tin lid.
UPDATE: 15/08/2007: I’ve found that a lot of people reading this post are coming to my blog having searched for “how to buy a hang drum”. I expect that they’ll be disappointed with this post which is, essentially, a mild expression of interest in a truly unique instrument. Try reading my latest post for more information on why it’s so damn difficult to get hold of a hang drum.
UPDATE: 24/04/2009: Almost two years on and the discussion is still going strong. Check out Tim’s latest comment for some great up to date information.