How it all began
The instrument hang was invented by Sabina Schärer and Felix Rohner in 1999 in Bern, Switzerland.
It is inspired by the steel pan which comes from Trinidad and from the Gatham, a percussion instrument from India which is played by hand.
Between 2000 and 2013, Sabina and Felix built hanghang (plural) in the name of their company PANArt Hangbau AG. Over the years, other people tried to imitate the sound of the hang. Since the word hang is a protected expression, they called their instruments handpan or as well pantam. The expression hang drum is wide spread on the internet, but PANArt wants to state that their instruments should not be called like that, because they are not real drums.