Batch#6 is coming soon…
We have ordered batch#6, which is a DC04 grade steel that is leaning a little towards DC03. This would be quite interesting to try. You can expect batch#6 to be available from early July.
The very first custom made steel
We are in the process of having a batch of steel being custom made for us. This means that we have carefully chosen the chemical composition and mechanical properties that we deem best for making handpans. Through this we can create the steel that we want and with every new batch we can fine tune some of the variables. We are aiming for a quality close to batch#4, thus a DC04 quality of steel.
In this way we can keep recreating a material to make consistent quality instruments from. Imagine the steel being made in the same factory each time with the same chemical composition and mechanical properties while only slightly changing certain variables to improve the quality over time. This is something unique. Until this point in time the way to get DC04 or DC05 material to make shells from has not been that easy in the current high paced steel market. Companies, mostly from the automotive industry, are fighting to get these kinds of materials, often we had to wait a while until we finally received an offer for a material and had to decide in a couple of hours to either go for it or pass it on. It is kind of playing a Russian roulette, even with the right certificate, you do not know the final outcome until you make an instrument from it.
With our own steel made we can go on a journey of consistency and quality improvement. To have our own steel produced comes with higher costs, but we are happy to keep the same prices in order to bring you and ourselves the best material possible.
Roy van den Bor and the rest of the Ayasa team