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This is a newspaper clipping about a Steelpan project I entered into the local science fair in Grahamstown when I was still in high school, most likely in 1984.  I still have the pan in the photo, which I must have made in early 1984 or late 1983.  It is an Invader layout which is all that I knew about at that time.  The concept of the separate ellipses was something I was convinced would work, although at that time I did not have enough experience to benefit from it.  This was about the 6th or 7th pan I made.

This is a newspaper clipping about a Steelpan project I entered into the local science fair in Grahamstown when I was still in high school, most likely in 1984. I still have the pan in the photo, which I must have made in early 1984 or late 1983. It is an Invader layout which is all that I knew about at that time. The concept of the separate ellipses was something I was convinced would work, although at that time I did not have enough experience to benefit from it. This was about the 6th or 7th pan I made.

This was a device that I put together for burning pans.  At that time I (mistakenly) believed it was important to get the drum red hot.  The "barrel" at right has an industrial extractor fan attached, which forced air into thr larger drum which had a kind of grill arrangement on which the fire was lit.  The pan sat on two iron bars above the fire.  It took about 3 minutes to get the whole pan glowing red.  The fan was originally used on the ICL 1301 installed and maintained at Rhodes University by my Dad in about 1966.

This was a device that I put together for burning pans. At that time I (mistakenly) believed it was important to get the drum red hot. The "barrel" at right has an industrial extractor fan attached, which forced air into thr larger drum which had a kind of grill arrangement on which the fire was lit. The pan sat on two iron bars above the fire. It took about 3 minutes to get the whole pan glowing red. The fan was originally used on the ICL 1301 installed and maintained at Rhodes University by my Dad in about 1966.

This is the oldest surviving Tenor Pan that I am aware of.  This instrument came from Trinidad and was made in 1953 (the date is still stamped on the note surface).  It was acquired from Invaders Panyard by a Shell executive.  It is currently located in New England.  This is almost certainly an original Ellie Mannette pan from that time.

This is the oldest surviving Tenor Pan that I am aware of. This instrument came from Trinidad and was made in 1953 (the date is still stamped on the note surface). It was acquired from Invaders Panyard by a Shell executive. It is currently located in New England. This is almost certainly an original Ellie Mannette pan from that time.

The oldest surviving Tenor Pan that I am aware of.  This was made in 1953 and was acquired from Invaders Panyard by a Shell executive.  It is still in tune, and it was almost certainly made by Ellie Mannette.  There are other Mannete pans in existence that I am aware of from 1956.

The oldest surviving Tenor Pan that I am aware of. This was made in 1953 and was acquired from Invaders Panyard by a Shell executive. It is still in tune, and it was almost certainly made by Ellie Mannette. There are other Mannete pans in existence that I am aware of from 1956.

The Blue Flames steelband has the smallest rehearsal space of any band I have ever worked with!  And they are some of the nicest people I have worked with too.

The Blue Flames steelband has the smallest rehearsal space of any band I have ever worked with! And they are some of the nicest people I have worked with too.

Playing Pan Round Neck on an old (1962)Invaders style pan.  I did this as part of the history portion of the show we put on.

Playing Pan Round Neck on an old (1962)Invaders style pan. I did this as part of the history portion of the show we put on.

With the inventor of the PanKat and his wife.

With the inventor of the PanKat and his wife.

This was the coolest Pan Cake ever!  Baked by a local business and donated for the Kekionga Middle School Steelband Concert.

This was the coolest Pan Cake ever! Baked by a local business and donated for the Kekionga Middle School Steelband Concert.

I love the reflections you get in a nicely chromed pan.

I love the reflections you get in a nicely chromed pan.

This was an "A" Lead I tuned in Florida.  It was originally made by Kyle Cox.  I am toying with making one...any takers?

This was an "A" Lead I tuned in Florida. It was originally made by Kyle Cox. I am toying with making one...any takers?

One of my other passions is making and flying kites.  These are two of my creations, that I got to fly when Angel and I gigged in Put-In-Bay in July 2011

One of my other passions is making and flying kites. These are two of my creations, that I got to fly when Angel and I gigged in Put-In-Bay in July 2011

Kent Arnsbarger called me up with an emergency when I was gigging with Angel at Ball State in Indiana.  His pan had been blown over at a gig and was out of tune, and he needed it fixed ASAP (he makes his living playing pan).  We arranged to meet in the Kekionga Middle School parking lot; we each drove 2 hours to get there.  Kent downloaded a guitar tuner app onto his iPhone (not ideal but good enough), and I bought a hammer and masking tape, and fixed his pan in the parking lot!  It was good for 6 months before it needed tuning again :)

Kent Arnsbarger called me up with an emergency when I was gigging with Angel at Ball State in Indiana. His pan had been blown over at a gig and was out of tune, and he needed it fixed ASAP (he makes his living playing pan). We arranged to meet in the Kekionga Middle School parking lot; we each drove 2 hours to get there. Kent downloaded a guitar tuner app onto his iPhone (not ideal but good enough), and I bought a hammer and masking tape, and fixed his pan in the parking lot! It was good for 6 months before it needed tuning again :)

Mike Ripa demonstrates the ultimate cool addition to any pan stand.

Mike Ripa demonstrates the ultimate cool addition to any pan stand.

Playing Pan-Round-Neck with a Tamboo Bamboo ensemble at the Summit Academy spaghetti fundraiser dinner for Angels music program.  The pan I am playing is the first pan I made.

Playing Pan-Round-Neck with a Tamboo Bamboo ensemble at the Summit Academy spaghetti fundraiser dinner for Angels music program. The pan I am playing is the first pan I made.

The River Rat Rhythm Project have the best steelband trailer :)

The River Rat Rhythm Project have the best steelband trailer :)

Kent Arnsbarger showed me his awesome pan backpack when I was there tuning his lead.

Kent Arnsbarger showed me his awesome pan backpack when I was there tuning his lead.

Nicely Chromed set of Performance Double Seconds (24.5" barrels).  These now belong to Desmond Hendricks in Cape Town, South Africa

Nicely Chromed set of Performance Double Seconds (24.5" barrels). These now belong to Desmond Hendricks in Cape Town, South Africa

The coolest paint job I have yet seen on a set of pans is at Hoban High School in Akron.  Taken when I was tuning their pans after the "Great Flood".

The coolest paint job I have yet seen on a set of pans is at Hoban High School in Akron. Taken when I was tuning their pans after the "Great Flood".

Ok, I know this is not directly related to pan, but how often do you get to go past a seriously active volcano?  This is Mount Ruapehu in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.  This volcano was used for the filming of Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Ok, I know this is not directly related to pan, but how often do you get to go past a seriously active volcano? This is Mount Ruapehu in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. This volcano was used for the filming of Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Nate Brown drove 2.5 hours from Charlotte, NC to bring his 1970 Kim Loy Wong Double Tenor pans to me for tuning when I was in Asheville, NC.

Nate Brown drove 2.5 hours from Charlotte, NC to bring his 1970 Kim Loy Wong Double Tenor pans to me for tuning when I was in Asheville, NC.




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