the sixth series

FRANKLIN Handpan series (2020)


Scale: Eb- Celtic, 432hz





(“Griasdi” Raffle)

Scale: B2 – Celtic


Audio on Soundcloud

Video on Youtube




Scale: F- Witching Hour


Video on Youtube

Audio on Soundcloud


Scale: Bb2 – Ursa Minor (7+1)


Video on youtube



Scale: E- Ocean




Scale: C# Polaris


Video on youtube


Scale: A2 Lydian (7+1)





Scale: F# Dorian





Scale: B-Mixolydian





Scale: C# Annaziska







Scale: D- Celtic Minor







Scale: C-Deepshello


A soulstorm is radiating all over the world. Can the power of music help again bringing people together? Can those instruments become a bit something like “earthwires”?

The artefacts from the series FRANKLIN are dedicated to two outstanding personalities- who happen to share the same surname.

At PAN LAB these days everything is circling arround physics, soul, harmonical magic- and also arround the deep wish for equality, human rights and: human dignity.


Compared to earlier series many key-criteria stay the same in terms of workflow. Only grooving, cleaning and also the rasping of the rim (btw rasping is actually done by hand at PLV) are outsourced. Meaning most of the creational work still stays in the hands of the tuner (Birgit Pestal).

The ambition is to create a warm and mellow sound which inspires the musician to play more with the resonances.

Pans from this series go to another level of depth. The timbre is becoming stronger. The membranes, also from very low notes, are more stable.  New tuning techniques and stabilizing methods occured from learning by doing. The journey might not stop at A2, which is the lowest note so far tuned at PLV.

Corona effects

The sudden Corona shutdown made it first time possible to work without beeing interrupted at all. The energy of the instruments contain a lot of silence and hope.

Also a lot of time was spent just playing the instruments during those days. We shared the pans also to neighbours in a free rental neighborhood-program.

New: Since about “Franklin” we started calling the instruments “harmonical artefacts”, to describe their nature more precisely.

New: A set of 5 instruments, including 5 churchmodes, was built – for giving players opportunities on new levels in terms of group-playing – but especially in terms of composition.


“Queen of Soul”

Arteha Franklin was born 1942 in in Memphis, Tenessee. Her Father was a famous babtist preacher. 1956 her first Gospelalbum was released. Later on she produced popmusic and got legendary famous for her number one hit “RESPECT”. This song was becoming the hymn of the afroamerican Freedom- and Women-Rights movement. Arteha Franklin lived also what she sang about. She embodied the dedication for civil-rights and her music strenghtened all over, what was fightened for in those days- her music brought everything in a bigger context.  

She was honoured with countless awards (about 18 Grammy Awards, including the “Grammy Living Legend Award”), was acting in movies (f.e. “Blues Brothers”) and TV Shows and cooperated with other famous artists like George Michael, Elton John, , Eurythmics, Keith Richards and others. It is said on Wikipedia, that she for long time hold the record for the most singles in the charts and she counted to the musicians with the most sold albums. She died 2018 from cancer.

“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” (source)

“Let your mind go let yourself be free.You need me (need me) And I need you (don’t cha know) Without each other There ain’t nothin’ we two can do.“ (source)

“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”  (Quelle)

“Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.” (source)

“People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.”(source)

“Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it.” (source)

„Step n’ move your hips With a feelin’ from side to side Sit yourself down in your car And take a ride. And while you’re movin’ Rock steady Rock steady baby. Let’s call this song exactly what it is“ (source)


“Mrs. Silence Dogood”

Benjamin Franklin, legendary polymath, statesman, scientist, political philosopher, humorist, freemason, editor and author was born 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the founding fathers of the of the United States (declaration of indepence).

His engagements for the common good are historical. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia’s first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is famous for his scientific research and experiments about electricity. He invented- under life threatening circumstances- the lightening rod.   He also invented a wonderful musical instrument: the glas organ.

His biography is a well known example for how one is able to conquer new realms through power and discipline.

His humoristic essays have been published under his nickname: “Mrs. Silence Dogood”.

(At the moment our Benjamin Franklin Quote collection can be only found in the german section: here). 

This translation was published on june 20. Original german text was published on feb 29.2020.