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I made 3 Kalimbas. Yay!

Started by Estone Villan. Last reply by Estone Villan Apr 30, 2017. 2 Replies

Ok so i made 3 Kalimbas with small cigar boxes i had. I used car wiper blades for tines.They sound so different. I'm not sure if it's the sound holes but only 2 were successful really.From left to…Continue

First Kalimba build

Started by Greg Thompson. Last reply by Graham Alibone Feb 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Not a cigar box, but what the heck...A top half of a gourd works, too.Continue

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

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Comment by Battmann on October 18, 2015 at 10:03pm

another kalimba

Comment by PhilUSAFRet on February 28, 2015 at 12:00pm

Thank you.  I don't have large hands and have arthritis in base of my thumbs, so I want to find just the right size cigar box.  Also, looks like that bar type pickup I mentioned below will work perfectly.

Comment by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker on February 28, 2015 at 11:39am

About 4 7/8" Phil.

Comment by PhilUSAFRet on February 28, 2015 at 11:30am

Can't seem to find the width of the CB Gitty hardwood bridge in their kalimba kit.

Anyone?

Comment by Battmann on January 10, 2015 at 8:40pm

1st kalimba I made that wasnt a kit. used the electricians grounding bar method and flat wire metal  fish tape for the tines.smooth out the tine ends and i'm good to go.  

Comment by PhilUSAFRet on December 19, 2014 at 8:15am

Anyone try these bar type piezo?  Seems like they would be great for kalimbas

Comment by Marcus Darwell on June 14, 2014 at 5:10pm
In Zimbabwe it's called mbira and is usually played inside a large gourd. Listen to this guy, Forward Kwenda...enjoy... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dj-lDwx2s
Comment by Naz Nomad on December 31, 2013 at 3:46pm

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcuAk5UY5g8

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

2nd kalimba.basic kit from cb gitty

\uap>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.

 

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I made 3 Kalimbas. Yay!

Started by Estone Villan. Last reply by Estone Villan Apr 30, 2017. 2 Replies

First Kalimba build

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My kalimba

Started by Jantan ux Aug 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Stack 'Em Up!

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Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Sep 26, 2012. 5 Replies

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Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Mar 19, 2012. 2 Replies

Less is more

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Tres Seaver Oct 9, 2010. 1 Reply

Pitch Bending with a Kalimba

Started by Alan Roberts. Last reply by HENRY LOWMAN May 11, 2010. 1 Reply

The Tine Report

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Alan Roberts Apr 29, 2010. 1 Reply

Silverware chest Kalimba with interchangable tine sets!

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Apr 15, 2010. 6 Replies

Tuning the wild kalimba

Started by Alan Roberts. Last reply by Diane in Chicago Apr 11, 2010. 2 Replies

Lyra Mbira

Started by HENRY LOWMAN. Last reply by Tres Seaver Jan 19, 2010. 1 Reply

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