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My kalimba

Started by Jantan ux Aug 18, 2013. 0 Replies

For me best keys are mini hand saw blades right now. Metal saw blades didn't bent and braked easily.I Snapped the saw blades half and made them safe for player. I tuned each key in right note with…Continue

Tags: aluminum, rods, bolts, saw, keys.tuning

Stack 'Em Up!

Started by George Durbin. Last reply by George Durbin Aug 17, 2013. 5 Replies

Started putting together a few kalimbas cause they're so much fun to build and ended up with a stack of them.  Took them to the local flea market and sold (3), so I'm on a roll now and the…Continue

Rumba Stick

Started by Tres Seaver. Last reply by Gary Wensley Jan 12, 2013. 8 Replies

I finished my long-threatened swiss-army kalimba today. The Rumba Stick (see the album for details on the pictures) is a…Continue

Tags: finished, 013, xXx

More by SaReGaMa The Artist

Started by Diane in Chicago Dec 4, 2012. 0 Replies

This guy made this one.  (He also plays Hugh Tracys in many forms, with customized tunings)Continue

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Comment by Naz Nomad on December 31, 2013 at 3:46pm

Not sure if this has been posted before, but ... wow!

Comment by Battmann on December 24, 2013 at 3:40pm

2nd kalimba.basic kit from cb gitty

quick xmas gift.

Comment by rain-air on November 20, 2013 at 6:06am

Uh, there's a lot of variables there: can you afford to waste a few millimeters of your material? what material anyway? would you care to retune the instrument to different pitches @ a later point? looks over function?

some insight (including a length chart) can be found here:

kalimbamagic on tines etc.

Comment by Jantan ux on November 17, 2013 at 9:47am

Is there  correct kalimba key lenght.

I would like to cut keys in right tuning lenght.

I have seen that kalimbas have  keys aligned for back side.

Comment by Blake Williams on September 4, 2013 at 10:42pm

Hi I am now the proud..... owner of 4 kalimbas kalimi..... Well anyway there is the problem of having lil to no idea how to play them. I have the ktabs not a big help.

I have  7 -8 -9 -17 note units I like them but am not a musician just a nut looking for a place to crack. Anyone willing to put up song books etc. A torrent?

Thanks for looking, come again!

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on August 19, 2013 at 4:12am
Lee Press On Nails. Seriously.
Comment by PhilUSAFRet on August 18, 2013 at 3:58pm

can use banjo finger picks turned around to curve around your fingertips instead of using them as intended for picking.

Comment by Blake Williams on August 18, 2013 at 3:43pm

Thank you the leads. Anyone found out a way to make your thumb nails grow faster....? ;-)

Comment by PhilUSAFRet on August 18, 2013 at 5:51am

Listen to Kalimbalele on YouTube




Comment by PhilUSAFRet on August 18, 2013 at 5:43am

Recently heard a Kalimba made from a soprano ukulele body. Sounded absolutely amazing.  I am   into ukes  as well, so I just have to make a  "kalimbalele"


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