Steel tongue drum Zenko Stand


A melodic percussion in metal


Steel tongue drum, a new sound

The Zenko belongs to the family of steel tongue drums, also known as “tank drums” because this kind of instruments were first made out of propane tanks. The Metal Sounds team has spent a lot of time and energy to create a finely crafted and reliable stainless steel tongue drum. In addition to a high sound quality, we have created a unique hope and design, inspired by our handpan Spacedrum©, for our first steel tongue drum line.

Design, efficiency and reliability are our three key words. The Zenko is an original melodic percussion (steel tongue drum) made of a specific stainless steel alloy that protects it for life from the rust and helps to hold the tuning of the instrument thanks to its firmness.

Zenko made in France : Steel tongue drum

Designed and manufactured in France, Zenko is a patented brand. It’s available in 8 tunings (scales of 9 notes), we can tune it on the diapason 440 Hz or 432 Hz. Special care is given to the finishes: the color of the top can be “copper-like” or natural silver-grey.

The Zenko is designed for any kind of musicians, or non-musicians, and for many uses: playing with a band or for oneself, making relaxing sounds, for educational or early-learning purposes…

It’s up to you to find out which tuning will fit with your own sensitivity. Let speak your instinct!


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Tunings/scales


Listen to our 8 different tunings for Zenko steel tongue drum


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Zenko Ionian


The ionian scale is a A minor diatonic scale. This scales very versatile and can be played by beginners or experienced musicians. It fits particularly well for educational purposes so it is a good choice for schools.

Zenko Ionian Steel tongue drum

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Penta C


The Penta C is a C Major pentatonic scale. This scale is a pentatonic mode (5 notes that are repeated), it can be played by beginners or experimented musicians. Perfect to play with other instruments in a C major harmony, this is a highly energetic range.

Steel tongue drum Pentatonic

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Akebono


The Akebono scale is a C minor pentatonic scale. This scale is a pentatonic mode (5 notes that are repeated) that comes from Japan. This is one of the best scales for relaxation and music-therapy. A unique mood!

Zenko Akebono Steel tongue drums 2017

 

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Equinox


The Equinox scale is a B minor (and C major) original scale. This scale is unique, including a major mode in the key of C (with a 3rd in E), so it’s very versatile and ca be used in any creative composition and/or jam session. For “open-minded” artists!

Steel tongue drum Zenko Equinox

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Harmony


The Harmony is a very versatile scale that combines a C minor and a C# major scales. It offers a large range of different chords, bringing inspiration to the musician. This scale is a Metal Sounds creation, just try it!

Steel tongue drum Zenko Harmony

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Solstice


The Solstice scale is based upon a G open tune chord (D G B D) and can be played in a major or minor mode (with the Bb). The sharp and flat notes that are around this basic chord gives this model all its richness. For musicians of all level.

Steel tongue drum Zenko Solstice

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Pygmy


The Pygmy scale is a C minor pentatonic scale. This scale is a pentatonic mode (5 notes that are repeated) that comes from Africa. It will fit perfectly with many ethnic instruments like balafon or sanza/kalimba. A beloved scaled by world music musicians.

Steel tongue drum Zenko Pygmy

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Zenko Omega


The Omega scale is a G major scale mainly composed with natural notes.The spirit of this scale is close to the Middle-East harmonies, using many half-tones that offer several interesting combinations. Surprising and mysterious, this scale is a Metal Sounds creation.

Steel tongue drum Zenko Omega

Scale played with mallets

Scale played with hands

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Choose your options!


Zenko’s colour


Steel tongue drum Zenko color copper-like

For your Zenko you may choose between 2 finishing options: the diapason choice (440 Hz or 432 Hz) and the choice of the colour (“copper-like” or “plain steel”).

Steel tongue drum Zenko color plain-steel

“Copper-like” (by default): This brown colour of the stainless steel is given by the heat treatment which is one stage of our manufacturing process. We call it “calamina”. This surface tint will fade along the years, becoming a patina that could be brighten up some times to times with a special wax.

“Plain-Steel” (on request). We can polish the Zenko steel tongue drum surface to get the original plain steel colour back. For a raw aspect of the stainless steel, sustainable for life.


Tuning frequency


Standard 440 Hz or “Natural” 432 Hz?

The “diapason” is the reference frequency to tune musical instruments. The standard diapason that we use today is set to 440 Hertz (Hz), it matches with a A4 (the number 4 is the octave where the note is).

The main part of the musical instruments are tuned on the diapason A440 and the Zenko is also tuned on this frequency, by default. Nethertheless, we can, on demand, tune our instruments on the diapason 432 Hz (“natural diapason”).

The natural diapason is generally used for relaxing and therapy purposes, for ones well-being. Be careful, both diapasons are not compatible one with the other, and the Zenko tuned on 432 Hz should be played in solo.


Listen to our 8 different tunings for Zenko steel tongue drum


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