Stay in Tune
In order to improve as a musician, your pan must be in tune!
No one wants to listen to out of tune pans and no one wants to play or teach on such pans.
Unfortunately, the notes on steelpans do not go out of tune consistently: sometimes only a few notes become out of tune.
Steelpans that are out of tune need to be tuned immediately or as soon as possible. If you continue to play on them the pans will then become defective, therefore increasing the time and cost for re-tuning. If you do not have a resident tuner; you may not be able to get your pan(s) tuned straight away.
Consider the sound produced if a few notes were out of tune on each of the pans in a set of steeldrums.
Seek advice on how often your pan(s) need to be tuned.