Orion tonguepan © is a steel tongue idiophone designed and handcrafted in Saint Petersburg with authoring technology.
Orion tonguepan has its own unique form and geometry. Like handpans and hangs, each tongue of our instrument has several harmonically tuned tones (3-7).
Besides this we apply multi-stage metal processing, that makes the tongues resonant and responsive in touch, and in general makes the sound of Orion clean and warm. The instrument has a rich sustain and a pleasant appearance, that distinguish it from all other instruments of such type.
Orion tonguepan can be found in three different sizes: mini, middle and standard. Body for each instrument is made of extra durable steel and goes through a special treatment that gives it beautiful sound qualities and pleasant sustain alongside with the tuning stability.
A distinctive feature of all our models is their convenient size and weight. It’s easy to travel with them, you can take them anywhere: to nature in the forest, to the river or to the sea, to the country house, to the yoga class etc. Orion do not take up much space, and easily fit in a car, train or on a shelf in the cabin of airplane.
The instrument is extremely easy to learn to play. It can be played both with hands and with special sticks with soft tips. All the scales we make sound harmonious, so you can not be afraid to play something wrong.
It was august 2016 when we launched the workshop and came up with the first prototypes.
Since both of us has engineering background and at the same time we are also musicians, we approached the creation of Orion from two sides: high technological level, precision of production and beauty of the sound of every instrument’s note.
Since then we have tried lots of different techniques, created our own geometry and form, set up our own way of processing and tuning the metal in order to reach the unique sound of Orion, sound that is not like anything else.