It’s already about 15 years ago.
As a percussion enthusiast, I was looking for a wooden slit drum on the internet.
The “disk-shaped musical instrument” that I happened to see at that time.
When I listened to the sound, it sounded very beautiful.
I soon wanted it.
However, almost at the same time, I was convinced that “this can also be made with a propane cylinder.”
This is the moment when the target changes from “wooden” to “metal”.
History of metal tongue drum Propanota.
At that time I was working as a fireworks craftsman.
On holidays, I enjoyed the percussion life by playing and making percussion instruments.
At one point, I wanted a “Udu Drum” that originated in West Africa.
And I tried various materials to make Udu drum.
At that time, I arrived at the “propane tank” as a material.
Because of that experience, I was convinced that the “metal disk-shaped tongue drum” I saw on the net could also be “made in a propane tank.”
I could make percussion instruments out of wood and leather, but I couldn’t process iron.
So I went to the iron factory where I had the “udu drum” made and asked them to make a propanota.
Iron factory craftsmen can process iron but do not know how to make sound.
Of course I don’t know either.
For a while, I was making prototypes.
However, I thought that I couldn’t make what I wanted to make by asking people, so I decided to quit my job as a fireworks craftsman and concentrate on making propanota.