Steelpan Manufacturing Process

Steel is the world’s most popular construction material because of its unique combination of durability and workability. Methods for manufacturing steel have evolved significantly since industrial production began in the late 19th century. Modern methods, however, are still based on the same premise as the original Bessemer Process, which uses oxygen to lower the carbon content in iron.

The invention of steel has led to the most modern acoustic musical instrument of the 20th century, the Steelpan.

The steelpan is a two dimensional mallet percussion instrument crafted from sheet metal. After the sheet metal is formed the steel is tuned using the physics of sound.

The steelpan manufacturing process has evolved into the modern process we have today. This process includes forming, shaping, heat treatment and surface treatment.

Solomon Steelpan has developed a unique cold rolling process that prepares the steel to create the perfect sound. We have designed proprietary tools for shaping, drawing and tempering the steel. These tools create the perfect environment which allows the steel to be perfectly tuned using micro tones.

The tuning process uses tuning instruments developed to create blended tones symphonized to perform with any conventional instrument.