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1) Transport ways?

Apart from raw materials and flat metal sheet production, all main steps are made within Germany:
forming, lasering, welding, tuning, surface processing.

Where possible, additional production, print-products, accessories, services and materials are selected from local and regional suppliers.

Avoiding unnecessary open sea container shipping is one of the targets.



2) Material ressources?

The production of stainless steel instruments needs energy and material.
Stainless steel is made of iron, nickel and chrome, in higher alloys with additional copper and molybdenum.
Usually, these raw materials are quarried mainly in China, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Canada, Indonesia, USA and South Africa.

Metal sheets are delivered mainly by ThyssenKrupp / Outokumpu.

In the future, I would like to find out
some actual mining sites in developing countries
in order to support miners, farmers and neighbbours in those regions.



3) Energy?

Since 2020 the electricity of Liquid Light Acoustics production is supplied by Greenpeace Energy.
500 - 1000 kWh of water and wind energy are now fed in each year for us.

(please be aware: technically, the overall mix of electrical sources
may be the same in the currency network.
At least it is an econimcal signal: there is a demand for sustainable energy,
so let's keep expanding this sector.

All lights at the production site are LED-based to reduce electricity consumption.



4) Plastic?

Since the early beginning of instrument creation 2013 obvious plastic components did not play a role.
Not in the instruments, not in packaging, not for mallets, not in accessoires.
But looking into details very well there may still be fossil carbon sources in use.
Therefore, since 2020:

Paper-based packaging tape instead of foil: parcel = 100% paper+carton.
Plant-based cleaning and sealing compounds.

Still to exchange in the future: mallet rubber heads / anti-vibrational foil



5) Sustainability?

During the last decades the young generation began to ask questions about the large demand on ressources, consumption and waste.
One of the main factors in this field is sustainability.

A well-cared product lasts longer and the need for a new one is less.

Sound instruments by Liquid Light Acoustics
shall look and sound very well as long as possible.
This is why higher-alloyed stainless steel options
will be integrated during the year 2020.

If there would be a case to repair, you will be supported without complication.


Daily communication is handled with a Fairphone.
It is conform with a high aspiration on transparence, fair payment and easy-to-repair-aspects.

So it shares the same needs on a good product like on your sound instrument.



6) Charity?

Highly developed societies offer a safe and comfortable life.
It is not only expressed in dense local infrastructure, but also in social peace and independent common or civil law.

Let's support less blessed people and regions in the world.
That's why regular financial support is given to M├ędicins du Monde and the Wikimedia foundation.
More support will be evolving in the future.



7) How long lasts guarantee?

Based on law: 2 years.
Based on feeling of responsibility: always

As long as this business exists the functionality of your sound instrument shall be ensured.
Except cases of rude impact of force we retune frequencies if necessary
without fee.

Please remember to clean your sound instrument regularly with a wipe.
Only instruments of the highly alloyed "HY-NOX" series are resistant against saltwater and cloride water.

Complications with our instruments are very rare.
In any case: ask us!



8) Are there more services for your instrument?

Additional service encompasses
slight retuning of the tongues,
repolishing of the surface,
440 to 432-Hz-retuning,
and down-tuning of single tongues to achieve a different scale.

We try to keep these prices fair and proportional.

Looking for Bags?
Watch out for Snare Drum bags.
Pentasonic fits to 10"x6" / Nexus to 12"x6" / Perseus to 14"x5.5".

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to find bags that are produced in Germany or Europe.


9) How a Steel Tongue Drum is played?

Sound is generated by hitting a tongue with finger, hand or mallet.
The vibration of a tongue is instantaniously amplified
by the material and by resonance inside the hollow drum body.

Put your instrument on your lap, on a pillow or on a Snare Drum stand.


10) What is the history of the Steel Tongue Drum?

Inspired by PANArt's "Hang" and by Felle Vega's "Tambiro", Dennis Havlena created the first Steel Tongue Drum in 2007. He shared his knowledge of how to create such an instrument out of an usual propane gas tank.

Since then, numerous people worlwide constructed self-made Steel Tongue Drums. Apart from the charm of old, rusty, solid propane tanks, some people began to create such instruments from fresh components.

Liquid Light Acoustics complements the worldwide range with unique design-concepts and quality in sound and service.

About Liquid Light Acoustics

Liquid Light Acoustics was initiated to share the fascination of modern steel sound bodies, and to tribute its evolution in time.

Instruments are patiently shaped with love to detail and optimized sound.

Visual, acoustical and mechanical features are steadily improved for a wide range of playing techniques and possible morphing sound sculptures.

Liquid Light Acoustics is based in Potsdam / Germany.
If you ever visit Berlin, do not hesitate to request a meeting.

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