PANArt asked me to publish the following statement:
HANG on EBAY
Statement by PANArt Hangbau AG concerning current sales of Hanghang on EBAY
For about four years now, EBAY has been abused in that Hanghang have been offered at speculative prices. Everyone who owns a Hang or has listened to one knows that its sound can deeply touch people.
But to capitalize on this is clearly rejected by PANArt. Therefore, they have reached agreements with their customers that will preempt such dealings. Since 2008, about 3000 Hang players have signed this agreement, some of them sealed by handshake. Hang builders Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer would like to extend their thanks to these people at this point: this enabled them to continue developing the Hang in peace.
The following statement is in reply to the accusation that PANArt produces too few or keeps the production down on purpose: Hang building is not a production but a creation, based on a practice that has now lasted for 35 years. By keeping the price in the range of other comparable instruments and not heeding the market price, Hanghang have found their way into different hands: poor and rich, large and small, healthy and ill.
Hang builders and Hang players alike are asked to give the Hang a place. The mirror is powerful! To take it to auctions and to purr about the beauty of the Hang, to appeal to the collector’s passion by praising it as a unique piece of art, all the while thinking about the large amount of money that has not been earned in any manner, is a rip-off and gross along the whole line. That highest prices are achieved even by replicas and copies, broken Hanghang, forgeries (like from Columbia: see hangdrum.us) gives us food for thought. Something’s going wrong here: Hang in danger. Such excesses take place where greed is on the forefront, known primarily from the banking business. In no way do we want any part in this development and have decided to declare this here in all publicity.
The Internet is not just a playground where everyone can do as he pleases. Even a global village demands integrity.
PANArt Hangbau AG
Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer