2000 - Term “Hang” by PANArt

Last Updated on 11. October 2021

The name “Hang” (pronounced “hung”) has a double meaning in the Bernese German dialect, meaning both “hand” and “hillside”. Hang instruments went through a series of iterations known as “generations” which also reflects how PANArt’s own philosophy was evolving over time.”
Source: Google July 2021


“The Hang (German pronunciation: [haŋ];[1] plural form: Hanghang)[2] is a type of musical instrument called a handpan, fitting into the idiophone class and based on the Caribbean steelpan instrument. It was created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG.[3] The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.(…) The name Hang comes from a Bernese German word that has a double-meaning, one of which is hand and the other hillside[9] referring to its convex shape. It is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.”
Source: Wikipedia July 2021


The first time the term “Hang” appears publicly is in the context of PANart’s presentation at the special show “Exempla” at the International Crafts Fair in Munich in march 2000.

Quotes and Links:

The History of PANArt
<<Die PANArt ist eingeladen, an der Sonderschau „Exempla“ der Internationalen Handwerksmesse München (Thema Rhythmus) vom 16. – 22. März ihr Pang-Instrumentarium, darunter ihre letzte Kreation, die Hang Skulptur zu zeigen.>>
<<PANArt is invited to exhibit its Pang instruments, including its latest creation, the Hang Sculpture, at the “Exempla” special show at the International Craft Fair in Munich (theme Rhythm) from March 16-22.>>

Letter from the Hangbauhaus – 01/2008 (original: german)
<<Im Frühling 2001 präsentierten wir das Hang an der Frankfurter Musikmesse.>>
<<In spring 2001 we presented the Hang at the Frankfurt Music Fair.>>
https://docplayer.org/18568106-Alle-rechte-fuer-wort-und-bild-vorbehalten-panart-und-hang-sind-registrierte-namen-und-das-eigentum-der-panart-hangbau-ag.html    (savecopy PDF)

“HANG” – internationally trademarked 2008-05-06
https://www3.wipo.int/branddb/en/showData.jsp?ID=MAD.0969295  (THIS LINK HAS EXPIRED?)

see also in this Timeline:

1999 Reto Weber
2000 Munich
2001 Frankfurt
2001 The HANG: A Hand-Played Steel Drum
2008 Term Hang (R) protected