I was looking at maybe getting a concertina - until I realised just how expensive they are, (even pre used) - so I took another look at the Kalimba, (which I first saw/heard Joo playing in/on the Seasons threads).
Needless to say I ordered one, a Kmise 17 tine that should arrive sometime in the next 2 weeks - & I signed up at the Kalimba Forum to see what they are like.
It's good to try something new every now & then.
I'll be interested to see how you get along with it, Keith. I confess, I find it not at all intuitive to play. My lack of application and self-discipline doesn't help, but I think it's a case of old dogs, new tricks. It does sound very pleasant, and would be a most complementary instrument for the ukulele.
Sounds real nice, I wonder if they make then an octave higher, or lower.
I got my daughter a Kmise 17 tine one for Christmas. I haven't bothered tuning it yet, as it is acceptable out of the box......... All in all, I like the sound and the volume too. So far we've been playing in C major/A minor.
I don't play it often, but I think it's good fun.
I've been wanting a kalimba for many years but always hesitated. I didn't want to get a cheap one I won't love. But I also don't know how much nicer the "nice" ones are. How do you feel about chromatic ones, and solid body? I'd love to have a small versatile kalimba doesn't have to be loud as I'd only be playing for myself...I collected a few over the years. It was the instrument I spent time on before I got into ukuleles some eight years ago. Except one, they are all Hugh Tracey / AMI kalimbas: a 15-note G-tuned one (with soundbox), three chromatic kalimbas with tines on both sides (two with sound boxes, one without - was an oversight I ended up with two identical ones), one treble kalimba with 17 notes, three karimba models (one in Lotus tuning, another in a minor tuning, and one in an African tuning with little brass rings). I also got one of the Chinese 17-note models in C tuning that have been around for a few years, by Gecko (found it disappointingly quiet compared to the Hugh Tracey ones, but it was also substantially less expensive). Oh, and I have a Sansula Deluxe, with just 9 notes, but with a beautiful sound (but I feel it was too expensive and too much of a one-trick pony).
I have been meaning to sell most of these, but since they take up little space, I still have them all. I acquired them over the span of years, not all at once. Also went over board with ukuleles and then trimmed the heard. Luckily with banjos this has not happened! Only have one of those with a second one being built - no plans for more. No, really. They are not very collectible, just too large and expensive.
I've been wanting a kalimba for many years but always hesitated. I didn't want to get a cheap one I won't love. But I also don't know how much nicer the "nice" ones are. How do you feel about chromatic ones, and solid body? I'd love to have a small versatile kalimba doesn't have to be loud as I'd only be playing for myself...