I have a couple of questions about steel drums, as I am now motivated to buy one to plunk around with inmy spare time:1. There are lots of brands out there, Fancy Pans, Panhandler, Vista Pan, Steel Pans, Roseman, Steel Trinietc. Which would you recommend for a beginner? (I don’t want to spend a ton but want a decent one)
2. I see they are available in several ‘Keys’s,,,i.e. “C”, “G”, “F” Which do you recommend?
3. I noted there are ‘Soprano, Tenor, Lead Tenor, Double Tenor,,,,Again which would you recommend?
4. Finally, how many ‘Notes’ should the drum have? I am thinking 12 or 14??
Thanks for all your time on the cruise. I throughly enjoyed the lessons and it got me back into percussion.Also, FYI, I spoke with the Cruise Director Steve and told him what a marvelous job you did and howtalented you are. He said that Holland was fortunate to be able to get you on board.Sincerely, (Bongo Banger Ron)
Here is a google search I did for steel drum applications:
Try clicking on that and looking at some of the links. There are applications for Ipads, Iphones, and for Android phones. Do you have a smart phone? If you do download one and try it please let me know how it works for you.
I'll keep looking for something that will just run on a regular laptop.
Norm found an interesting product on CD ROM which is supposed to offer a steel drum simulator for your PC. Here is the discussion: