Handpan 8 Notes in F Akebono Minor


The 8 Note Handpan in F Minor “Akebono” scale, our most popular among handpan players, has a slightly different approach to the traditional pentatonic minor scale in that it creates quite a mysterious and wondering sound. The one and a half octave range whose lower and upper range have a distinguishable gap between them (perfect fourth Db to Gb) brings greater emphasis to the lower and higher notes.


  • Notes: 8
  • Color: Black or Silver
  • Dimensions: 24 X 57 cm (height x diameter)
  • Key: F Minor Pentatonic / Akebono scale: (F3), Bb3, C4, Db4, Gb4, Ab4, Bb4, C5

Tuning aspects
The first three notes outline an augmented F minor chord which creates quite an open and expansive sound. The middle Db really stands out, creating another mood and adding tension and excitement to the preceding notes. The final four notes (Gb-Ab-Bb-C) outline a whole tone scale which further adds to the mysterious sounds of this handpan. Although the Akebono tuning sounds peculiar, some strangely effective tunes and harmonies can be made when jamming on the 8 Note Handpan in F Minor, hence why most handpan videos are done in this key!

All Generation 1 Handpans come with their own Soft Case (with shoulder straps), and protective cover (for added protection during travel but which can also be used as an additional percussive instrument). If you're interested in getting a Hard Case for your Handpan, see what we have available in the Shop here. All handpans come with a Gu hole (for resonance) and a nitrided coating for anti-rust.


Further Information: All notes of the handpan have a beautiful resonance which when played with a little practice, can be tamed in a matter of minutes to less than a few days.

Have patience if finding the sweet spot when playing your handpan doesn't come immediately and be reassured that over 500 other NovaPans customers have been empowered through handpan playing and watching our handpan tutorials.
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News Update: Leading up to Christmas 2019 we are running the annual XMAS BATCH SALE. In case you're new to this, our batch sales began two years ago and allow customers to preorder handpans at a substantial discount, all in a community effort to produce handpans in volume and therefore reduce production costs.

Preorder prices will be available until November 24th, 2019.

  • Purchase a Handpan and expect the following delivery times:
  • In Stock: Within 2-7 days of order date
  • To Order: Within 2-3 weeks of order date
  • Preorder: By December 15th 2019

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Weight13 kg
Dimensions63 × 63 × 37 cm

Silver, Black

Generation of Handpan

Generation 1

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