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Jo3x
09-05-2018, 07:49 PM
For those don't know what's a Kalimba, here is a nice Kalimba cover of Kiss the Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgo_1OtePfQ&t=67s

I get to know this small instrument when I search uke videos on Youtube (maybe they are somehow related).

I bought this as a birthday gift to my wife, and I hope she can spend more time on holding this than a phone.

Btw: it has a built-in pick-up.

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ukulelekarcsi
09-05-2018, 09:30 PM
Reminded me of this songsketch, using a Kalimba as a smartphone. It's in Dutch, but there should be a translated subtitle somewhere:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDMJMUgC0M.

Jerryc41
09-06-2018, 12:19 AM
I learn something new every day. I don't imagine that would be very good without a pickup.

ukulelekarcsi
09-06-2018, 09:27 AM
Depends on the soundbox, and Hokema in Germany even makes one built into a small drum, called the Sansula, which is plenty loud. Those ones, and the Hugh Tracey ones above are more expensive though - think price of a simple but good uke.

Kenn2018
09-06-2018, 11:23 AM
When I was a kid in grade school the teacher called it a "thumb piano". Of course that was a long time ago—but in the same galaxy.

Sort of a scaled up music box part with your fingers taking the place of the roller with set studs. (I'm sure there are names for all of them.)

LimuHead
09-06-2018, 04:44 PM
I bought one back in 1983 before heading off to college. I haven't played it lately but used to enjoy playing it in bed before going to sleep.

There was a student from Nigeria in my dorm who was pleasantly surprised to see a kalimba in the US. He played it with an enchanting syncopation & groove that I've never come close to emulating!

Kalimbas, like ukes, are all about who's doing the plucking!

Aldon

Jan D
09-06-2018, 07:03 PM
When I play my kalimba, I place it on a hard surface (like a kitchen counter or wooden table). Really amps the volume!
Jan D.

ukulelekarcsi
09-06-2018, 08:54 PM
Congolese band Konono N 1 play only these (they call them mbira) but over a distorted sound system, and the result is a trance-like music they call 'Congotronics'.

jer
09-07-2018, 05:45 AM
Very cool gift!
I'd completely forgotten about these instruments. My niece had one that I played around with a bit. I thought about getting one for myself but never did. They are very cool though.. I've also seen the much larger versions.

bratsche
09-07-2018, 07:50 AM
I bought this as a birthday gift to my wife, and I hope she can spend more time on holding this than a phone.

Btw: it has a built-in pick-up.

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So I am curious now. I looked these up and they intrigued me. Is that a stock photo, or the actual kalimba you received? It looks very pretty.

I wonder if you'd be so kind as to post a short review of this instrument? I presume it is this model being sold here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kalimba-Performance-Protection-Professional-models/dp/B079JMMNXN/ref=pd_sbs_267_2

Thanks,

bratsche


(https://www.amazon.com/Kalimba-Performance-Protection-Professional-models/dp/B079JMMNXN/ref=pd_sbs_267_2)

Jo3x
09-07-2018, 09:10 PM
So I am curious now. I looked these up and they intrigued me. Is that a stock photo, or the actual kalimba you received? It looks very pretty.

I wonder if you'd be so kind as to post a short review of this instrument? I presume it is this model being sold here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kalimba-Performance-Protection-Professional-models/dp/B079JMMNXN/ref=pd_sbs_267_2

Thanks,

bratsche


(https://www.amazon.com/Kalimba-Performance-Protection-Professional-models/dp/B079JMMNXN/ref=pd_sbs_267_2)

Hi Bratsche,

The pictures are the actual one that I received. I took those pictures with my phone.

And yes, that's the model I bought, I bought the version with pick-up.

Thanks,
Jo

sculptor
09-09-2018, 05:58 PM
I've got one of those in a closet somewhere... along with a doumbek, a tin whistle, a tabor pipe,
a tiny ocarina and some recorders... The Kalimba is OK but it's a fairly limited folk instrument at best.

-- Gary

AustinHing
05-18-2019, 07:40 PM
Reviving this thread as Im very inspired to get one to play this!

Check out this amazing play and shes giving the tabs too.

https://youtu.be/a-EtES9sQgo

https://youtu.be/14mQbl2Iplc

Jerryc41
05-19-2019, 02:24 AM
Reviving this thread as I’m very inspired to get one to play this!


Amazing! And so easy to play. :D

I'd buy one, and it would sit with all my other unplayed instruments - harmonicas, dulcimer, tin whistle, etc.

AustinHing
05-19-2019, 05:00 AM
It does seems easy though and apparently just like an ukulele, there’s plenty of wood variations to choose from.

Jerryc41
05-19-2019, 05:11 AM
It does seems easy though and apparently just like an ukulele, there’s plenty of wood variations to choose from.

Stop leading me into temptation. :D

bratsche
05-19-2019, 08:38 AM
I did end up getting one too; I just kept a search tab open on eBay until there was a nice one with a very low BIN price and grabbed it (It's the same one as the OP bought, but without a pickup -plenty loud enough for me!)

It's got a nice sound, and is fun and relaxing to noodle around with when I don't feel like plucking or bowing something. ;-)

bratsche

Music-mcm
07-19-2019, 01:29 AM
So much fun. My daughter wants her own now.
I can't memorise a song on any other instrument but this seems a little more straight forward, for me anyway.

Swamp Yankee
07-19-2019, 02:03 AM
I had a kalimba when I was a kid. You can get some very painful blisters on your thumbs from those things :rolleyes:

Tonya
07-19-2019, 12:19 PM
FWIW, this place for kalimbas is like HMS for ukulele players: https://www.kalimbamagic.com/ He also has an email newsletter you can sign up for/

We've had a Hugh Tracy alto kalimba for years and we've bought less expensive ones, too. The Tracy ones sound a *lot* better and are much easier to play.

AustinHing
07-19-2019, 05:29 PM
I bought mine a month ago and the sound is really nice. But I got no time for it. Still crazy about ukulele.