At Isthmus Instruments, we have found that our handpans are able to resonate in the best way possible when used in conjunction with a well made stand. We would like to share with you two handpan stand options that we often use. Both of these stand options are readily available and easy to use.
Yamaha SS-740A Snare Stand
1) The snare drum stand with adjustable arms. There are other brands available, but the essential part of using a snare drum stand with a handpan instrument is making sure that arms that are used to hold the handpan/snaredrum are able to be moved up or down and locked into a taller 'v' arm position. This allows the instrument to rest on the rubber tips (rather than the metal support arms).
We find this model available from amazon.com and it works well for casual playing of our instruments. Benefits include more mobility around the instrument for speed and ease of playing and increased resonance due to reduced bottom dampening.
Sounds Inspiring - Handmade stands
2) The custom handpan stand, made by Richard at Sounds Inspiring. This is a great value on a stand that also has visual appeal. The handmade stands fold up beautifully and keep flat for travel or storage. Beyond the built in quality/ purpose- these stands are available in a standing version, which can be hard to find. We like the standing height with the locking leg version. If you play fast or harder however, the legs may sway a bit, but this is normally not a problem.