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    My Kmise 17 arrived today, couldn't wait to have a go on it, find it quite intuitive really, so I think you need to stick the note names on it to get you started, John.
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    That's good to hear, Keith. I'll take mine out of it's bag and have another go! They do produce a very pleasant sound.

    I've remembered another reason (or excuse?) why I didn't persevere with the Kalimba - my cat has a very nervous disposition and he seemed to find it quite disturbing. Everybody is a critic!

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    My cat didn't like harmonica!
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    my wife introduced me to the kalimba several years ago.
    such a gorgeous instrument.
    this is a song we recorded together a little while ago -
    the kalimba part she played is very spare but i think it really adds a lot to the simple arrangement we made.

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    A little inspiration for those of us who enjoy the kalimba ... April Yang playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. (She has a YouTube channel, if you like this one and want to see more of her videos.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Et...vtsWu&index=10
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    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. :P 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. :P They are not very collectible, just too large and expensive.

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