The steelpan family covers a range of more than four octaves. Each pan has in the region of 20 to 30 notes. The actual number of notes on a particular pan differs depending on the pan maker. The difference is usually no more than a tone at either the upper or lower registers.

Here is a guide to the range of the pan family.


Frontline Pans

              High tenor, D to E                 Double tenor, F# to C#        Second tenor, F# to C#

Midrange Pans 

           Guitar, D to A                             Cello, C to G                           Quadrophonics, Bb to B

Background Pans


        Tenor Bass, F to B                  Six Bass, Bb to Eb