Third PLV Handpan Series

by Birgit Pestal (2019)

3rd PLV Handpan series – Archive (2019)

RUMI #SN1 d-amara-plv-handpan

Scale: D- Amara

Notes: D A C D E F G A C




e-raga-desya-todi-plv-panRUMI #SN2 

Scale: E- Raga Desya Todi

Notes: E G# B C# D# E F# G# B




more portfolio items of this handpan series “Rumi” are to be find in the german section of this site!





A PLV handpan series is recording one period of artistic creation. It is documenting a certain level of know how, tools and workflows and is defined by a set of criteria.

RUMI Team:

All the working steps (from layout, shaping, heat-treatment, tuning and overall design) will be as usual primarily done by me (Birgit Pestal). But I am getting some help for this series with cleaning, grooving and as well Workshop-and tool maintenance.


Other Criteria

Compared to the last handpan series entitled BINGEN I have again changed or extended some important tools and am also able to make more new scales. More specific criteria of the series RUMI are told to the ones asking for it, visiting the lab during a tour through the lab – or people who are trying the hammer for themselves here.

PAN LAB Soundsculptures from the series RUMI are branded with a label inside, including scale info, printed on a paper with quite nice vintage-look.


Thanks for your kind interest in my artcraft! Demands have raised to a level that seem no longer administrable without a waiting list.

Please be reminded, that i certainly can not make a lot of pans in short time and that each instrument is a special and individual soundsculpture creation, crafted with a lot of hard work, awareness and love. They are certainly not perfect, but they are complete and reflect the current state of my handcraft – as far as i can go at this point of time.

Tuning service

I do not automatically offer free tuning service since the instruments are – once sold- under all possible conditions or can suffer also accidents and also long term experience over years is missing. If you are buying a PAN LAB soundsculpture you will have to understand that this handcraft is very young and you will have to agree on this risk. I do recommend to have a look at the instrument at PLV after a year or two and if circumstances are allowing it, free or free donation tuning service is possible. I would be happy to be able to provide this for free of free donation but one has to have a look at each case when time comes.

Please notice: In a best practice-sense i very much like to offer free tuningservice in case you want to sell your instrument!


The persian poet, sufi mystic and philosopher acknowledged love as the most driving force in the universe. His poetry is based on the understanding of the universe in its harmonic wholeness- where every detail is connected with every other detail – via love.

As in the soundsculpture-series before again i choose a figure from history whose quotes and thoughts i found upmost inspiring for my steeltuning artwork. I leave it to the reader to see the connections between Rumi’s words and the everyday challenge of the steel-tuner.

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

“What you seek is seeking you.”

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

“The cure for pain is in the pain.”

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

“You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

“You think because you understand ‘one’ you must also understand ‘two’, because one and one make two. But you must also understand ‘and’.”

“Like a sculptor, if necessary, carve a friend out of stone. Realize that your inner sight is blind and try to see a treasure in everyone.”

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

“When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.”

“All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.”

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”

“Try something different. Surrender.”

“In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances”

“God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us,
a passion, a longing pain.
Remember the lips
where the wind-breath originated,
and let your note be clear.
Don’t try to end it.
Be your note.”

“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”

“We are one. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

“The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.”

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.”

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

I dedicate this series with great respect to Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī and all my steeltuning teacherfriends.

“Poems are rough notations for the music we are.”

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

“You think because you understand ‘one’ you must also understand ‘two’, because one and one make two. But you must also understand ‘and’.”

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī