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 tenorD to E   Double tenorF# to C# Second tenorF# to C#

Midrange Pans 

  GuitarD to A    CelloC to G    QuadrophonicsBb to B

Background Pans

     Tenor BassF to B  Six BassBb to Eb