Designed to spread his passion and love to other musicians around the globe, Andrey Remyannikov invented a whole new kind of instrument- the RAV. He first selected the finest steel to work with, then he devoted months to simply pulling the richest sound possible out of the steel. He then selected the most beautiful scales to tune his instruments to, and from there RAV Drums was created. The first RAV steel tongue drum was created in the spring of 2013, and took the world by storm. People loved the RAV. It was the first steel tongue drum to possess a total of four partials per tongue. Multiple different styles of finishes were tested during this time. Varying from paint all the way to nickel, but as time went on it was decided that a raw sounded best for the RAV. Currently Andrey only sells non-coated models of his instruments, although some coated models can be found lurking around the world.
Inspired by the size of Handpans, Andrey decided to dabble into the realm of larger instruments. From these experementations, he created what is known as the RAV Vast. A larger eight tone instrument with a deeper chamber in order to allow for greater resonance of the tones created by the tongues. Yet again he had revolutionized the world of steel tongue drums. The word "Tongue Pan" arose as a result of his creation of the RAV Vast. The word being used to resemble the nature of Handpans, and relates their multi-partial properties to the Vast. Later being inspired by Andrey's friend Devin Paul, he decided to make a version of the RAV Vast with thicker steel. This was to help create a fuller sound from the instrument without any amplification required.
Where can the RAV go?
The RAV can be shipped anywhere around the world. Andrey wanted to spread his instruments to every corner of the world, and share his passion for beautiful music. So he decided to NEVER limit where he can ship. For this reason he uses EMS post, that way all of his instruments can arrive safely anywhere in the world. Here is a map showing where some of our instruments have been shipped before: