What is a hang drum?

What is  hang drum?You can see it in hundreds of videos on YouTube, it is “liked” on Facebook, and on eBay it seems to guarantee high bidding prices: the hang drum. Even though everyone is talking about it on the Internet, there is the constant reminder that this instrument is actually called a Hang. Should you try to find the expression hang drum in any of the publications by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer, the Hang makers at PANArt, it will be in vain. And if you ask Hang players about it, many will express a critical view.

Read more about the origin of the term hang drum and why this expression is not suitable for the Hang in the article What is a hang drum? external link on hanghang.info.


  1. Hi Nicky,
    “Hangs” is what English speaking people often spontaneously use as plural form for Hang because this is the standard English plural form. In Bernese German, the native language of the Hang makers and the language the name is taken from (meaning hand), it is a bit more complicated. Hang in the meaning of hand is used in the female form (she) and the plural is Häng. Hang as the name of the instrument is neuter (it). An original plural form for a word “Hang” in neuter doesn’t exist. So the Hang makers Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer had the idea to create an individual plural form – Hanghang – using the method of reduplication.

  2. Thank you for the information Michael :),
    I hope I can get one one day :), wrote a letter already but didn’t get a reply, to many wrote at the time I suppose.

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