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Kalimbas & Mbiras

  • Kalimbas & Mbiras are plucked instruments originally of  African origin, also known as 'thumb pianos'.
  • Metal tongues of different length project over a metal bridge fastened to a wooden resonator.
  • The tongues are tuned to various scales, either traditional African or western (diatonic or pentatonic) tunings.
  • These is also a range of tuition resources to get you started
  • Some instruments have built in pickups
  • Includes the ethereal 'sansula' from Germany and the Hugh Tracey kalimbas from South Africa
  • Also a couple of well tuned budget models.
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