Meet the team


Jenny Robinson  


Everyday I am committed to this vision; To connect people to instruments that they truly love. I founded Isthmus Instruments, LLC in 2013 after years of building and research, as the world’s first women-owned and operated handpan company, located in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. I have professional training in science & machining and a lifelong and abiding love for playing and appreciating music. These qualities help me build high-quality instruments with precision and passion.


Shlomo calvo

Point of contact/ All- rounder

"I still remember the day that I first heard a handpan. At that moment I just knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life around these amazing instruments.

I am proud to work and learn from a maker like Jenny because of her incredible talent, hard work ethic, and the drive and desire to improve every single day."




I've been building and tuning steel pans for the last 20 years. In 1999 while taking steel drum classes at WVU,  I learned of an apprenticeship program founded by the Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dr. Ellie Mannette. I immediately inquired on how I could become a part of the team, and was hired as an apprentice in the year 2000. Ellie and the Mannette team became like a family to me over the years, and patiently passed on their knowledge. I learned to build and tune all of the instruments, from spiderweb lead to basses. In 2013 I began applying my years of building and tuning experience also to hand pans. I was intrigued by these instruments and I feel truly blessed to be able to collaborate with Jenny, who's drive and passion for the art form matches my own.