Kalimbas can trace their heritage back 3000 years to Africa. They’re a close relative to the Mbira, and are commonly known as thumb pianos. Even though kalimbas have an extensive history, they’ve only just started to explode in popularity. They’re highly sought after for their compact size that makes them easy to travel with.
The tone of kalimbas is bell like, with even harmonics and a rich warmth you might not expect from such a lightweight instrument. You’ll see a lot of the same tone woods used on kalimbas as you will Ukuleles. Woods like Ebony, Koa, Rosewood, and even Bamboo. These Kalimbas have a sound hole on the top and two on the back that help the instrument resonate and project.
The tines (or keys) are an ore metal that are highly polished and rounded for even resonance and a smooth feel on your thumbs. Kalimbas are tuned with the tuning hammer and it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
One of our favourite things about kalimbas is how approachable they are to play. If you play another instrument you’ll be able to quickly navigate the keys. If you’re new to playing music the included guide stickers will let you start playing melodies as soon as you open the box.
We have a wide variety of quality kalimbas to choose from. Buying instruments online can be a difficult task, so we go to extensive lengths to make the process as easy as possible. We have videos for every kalimba we offer so you can hear it. All of our kalimbas come with a lifetime warranty and free returns too. These are high quality instruments and we take great pride in offering them.
With each kalimbas you’ll get a durable protective travel case, tuning hammer, cleaning cloth, and a bunch of other free goodies to get you started.