From site member Jen:
I am writing to plant a steel drum seed in my world of music, and one that may take a few months to sprout. I previously studied Tabla for a year at the university of Oregon, Eugene and played mostly by myself- the tabla were a very wonderful and medative kind of music for me, but I'm wanting to AMP it up in my life now :) I've always loved Island style music and steel drums are calling!!
I am wondering what direction you would point someone in that can read music, is starting out on a shoe string ($) loves the idea of recycling :) and would like to get started.
I toyed around with a pan drum at the local area music store in Mt. Vernon, WA that was clearly an entry level instrument, though I am wondering about the versatility and what key to start with. Chromatic possibly??
I have internet and skype and interested in the idea of lessons down the road too if you do that sorta thing.
Thanks for your time, have a FAbuLous day!!