I can't spring for that much (wish I could!), but I wonder if a Bali Steel Pan is in my future...
One thing I like about them: they sound more like West Indian steel pans, and there seems to be a beautiful clarity to all of the notes. And... they cost less than Hang and/or some of its best competition. (I realize that there are things about the surface finish that could be improved, but the sound - wow!)
Ideally, I would like to have a few of these drums, tuned to scales that work nicely with each other, and with a good contrast between "dark" and "bright" timbres/tonalities.
The scales that Bali Steel uses are just wonderful, imo, but then, i'm a fan of some kinds of Japanese and Indonesian music... and it's possible to do gamelan-type playing on the Bali Steel pans, which is a big draw for me.
What would be really cool: if someone were to start making good hand pans tuned to various Indian scales....
Bali is really good, the clarity of the notes is even better now in the latest ones, highly recommended, and its the cheapest $1200.
Shang Dio and Gong Dio are other japanese/indonesian ones that I like very much from Bali steel, and there are many when you consider other makers too.
There are a few tuned to Indian ragas. There is Deshvara (Desh), Tharsi (Indian theme not raga) and Kiavara (Kirvani) from Halo, there are 3-4 based on Indian raga from Bellart Bells, Todi and Purvi from Panart (hang)