Our encounter with Zach
Zach is a true pioneer in the Handpan world. Hardly anyone has tested so many different materials as he has. Every time we visit him, there are new experiments that sometimes leave us speechless. Whoever has met Zach knows his calm, warm nature. A big heart accompanied by a sharp mind. In his instrument workshop he creates unique instruments that have character - a very present and pleasant one. Together with him the idea was born to integrate a "Yatao's Choice" series into the shop. There will be four different rare scales to choose from, which he will make especially for us.
Zachary describes why he builds Handpans and what Leaf means to him
My name is Zachary Roome Lamscha, I was born in South Carolina and grew up in Florida. Since I finished my service in the army, I have been living in Germany with my wife and 3 beautiful children, dogs and birds. I got to know the Hang between 2002 and 2013 and didn't really know the name of the instrument back then. At that time I was busy building guitars from cigar boxes. A friend of mine finally showed me a video in which someone played one of my guitars. But I found the instrument more interesting at that time, which was played by the other person sitting next to the guitarist. It was a handpan! Because I know a lot about metal working and I have acquired some skills over the years I decided to build my own instrument. This Handpan was the first one I heard acoustically, and the sound was fantastic at that time. Today it is more of a museum piece :D Building handpans became a real obsession and after a few hundred attempts, frustration and successes, my wife kindly pointed out to me that I could not start collecting them all. So I started to give them away and after some time I started to sell them to interested people. There are the small things in life that we have to pay attention to, it can be something as commonplace as a leaf absorbing the great energy of our sun and giving us air to breathe. When I built a house for my family about 1.5 years ago, I also set up a workshop there, so that I never had to leave the house again to work and could always be close to my family. I love my workshop, I spend most of my free time in it, it fills me with ideas and leads me together with many others on exciting journeys to myself. As long as I am here, my goal is always to strive for the highest. I want to perfect my craft, so that I can enjoy the fruits of this work for myself and many others. My motivation to produce handcrafts is to touch as many souls as possible and to share the mind-altering experience that this instrument has brought into my life. Seeing this feeling arising in others is what fills me in my work.