"Last October I drove from Chicago to Allentown PA to visit my dear friend and pan building/tuning teacher Leroy 'Ali' Williams. I have been playing a low A Ali special pan for over 13 years now, and a few notes had fallen out of tune a…"
"That's what it's about! Very nice!! When people see it in competition it all looks so natural. But all of the players work so hard to get their parts down and the maestro keeps ear to the overall. Awesome!"
"I add my two cents as a great admirer of Calypso and Pan. I play pan in and around the Chicago area much to the smiles and entertainment of those who pass by. I am a white fellow. Every now and then someone will pass by and say,…"
"He stopped using a sledge hammer just after I met him in 1997. Since then he had used a hand held pneumatic jackhammer with a wooden ball covered with leather. This provides a super consistent strike. He would have the barrel…"
"Actually, you need to spot a potential crack as early as possible and circle it. Then avoid hitting it with too much force always keeping it down. It's possible to keep it from opening up sometimes. Depending on the guage of…"
"I know that they weld the cracks if they are small and the notes can be tuned . If not then I suppose that it has to be discarded . This I know for I once asked a Tuner about purchasing a Tenor Pan and he told me that I could have gotten one that…"
Leroy 'Ali' Williams was a beast at sinkin' with accuracy. He said, "¥a have to be careful. Da pan, it never bus in the beginnin' of a sink. Always after 7, 8 hours. The metal, it never forget. If you hit the edge of the hammer early it wouldn't bus…