According to the email from PanArt, Hangs are only being custom-made, and you have to go to Switzerland to get a new one. You arrange for an appointment to discuss what you want. Then they build them and you can try them out there as well. The current cost is 600 Euros for the instrument with an extra 60 Euros for a “Swiss-made” bag. In Canadian funds this is $850 and $85, and in American Dollars about $765 and $76.50. The cost doesn’t sound that bad, but touring in Switzerland is not cheap.
After reading the email below, it almost seems like a pilgrimage. Considering the type of music that can be evoked from the Hang, maybe it is appropriate.
Welcome to Hangbauhaus in Bern, Switzerland
After 5 years of experience with the Hang and its music, the Hangmakers
are no longer working with various standard models, but are creating
their own instruments. These creations are based on our knowledge of
the acoustical properties of the resonance body, our studies of scales
and our musical experience. Each Hang is a unique work of art. We don`t
In Hangbauhaus, PANArt`s new workshop space, Sabina Schärer and Felix
Rohner, the two Hangmakers, create their Hang instruments. After the
treatment of the raw material and tuning, the hanghang are brought
down to the Hanghaus, by the riverside.
The Hang tuning is based on D2 (GU-side, Bass), when played on the lab,
D3 (DING, central note) A3, D4, A4 in the outer tonal ring. The other 4
notes are tuned in artistic freedom, creating a bipolar scale.
Example: D2, D3, A3 B3 C4 D4 E4 G4 A4
The GU side is tuned in D to a Ghatam-like sound
In this old wooden building, where the Hang was born in January of
2000, our guests can play the instruments in a quiet atmosphere. If you
would like to spend a night at the Hanghaus, there is a guestroom with
Major train routes, including the TGV, the Euro-City and the Cisalpino
pass through Bern several times a day. Hanghaus sits on the bank of the
river Aare, 20 minutes walk from the main station. Bern is also
reachable by road from all directions.
Hang, signed and numbered including protective shell
Euros 600.- / USD 750.-/ CHF 900.-
Bag (swiss made) Euros 60.- / USD 75.-/ CHF 90.- (incl.VAT)
Are you interested in purchasing a Hang?
Please call us and we can fix a date to meet. If you like, we can
reserve the guest space for you. Details can be discussed by phone or
by mail. Payment cash or with cheque.
If you are looking for a hotel nearby, we recommend The Landhaus
Tel/ Fax: 0041 (0) 31 301 33 32
With greetings from Hangbauhaus
Felix Rohner Sabina Schärer