14 April 2017

Meet our Karimbas - your comparison shopping Go-To page

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Sound recordings for eight different types of karimbas in a wide variety of tunings

This is a companion article to the post "Introduction to Karimba" where I explain the history and kinds of karimbas in the world. This information will help you learn more about the karimbas that Kalimba Magic offers.  In this post, I provide sound files for many of our karimba models so you can hear them side-by-side.  I also provide links to the product pages in the Kalimba Magic Shop.  If you are in the market for a karimba this is the go-to place for comparing the different models by sound and also through the detailed information given about them in the Shop pages, where you will find descriptions along with discussion and video of some of the instruments being played.

 

Kalimba Magic is proud to offer a wide variety of karimbas to the world:

 

Hugh Tracey African-Tuned 17-Note Karimba (A-17)

Hugh Tracey African-Tuned 17-Note Karimba (A-17)

The 17-Note African Karimba can be tuned to A African, A Western (major), A minor, G Western (major), or G minor.

  African A tuning

  A Western tuning

  A minor tuning

  A minor, no buzzers

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Purchase + PU

Hugh Tracey Box Karimba - 17 Note (A-17)

Hugh Tracey Box Karimba - 17 Note (A-17)

The 17-Note Box Karimba can be tuned to A African, A Western (major), A minor, G Western (major), or G minor.

17-Note Box Karimba in A minor tuning

Purchase

Purchase + PU

Alto-based 15-Note Karimba (F-15)

Alto-based 15-Note Karimba (F-15)

The 15-Note Karimba can be tuned to F or F#.

  F-15 Karimba

  F sharp -15 Karimba

Purchase

Purchase + PU

The Dave Bellinger Nyunga Nyunga (F-15)

The Dave Bellinger Nyunga Nyunga (F-15)

This is a high end karimba, or mbira nyunga nyunga, with a very low-noise pickup and adjustable "graphical buzzilizers" - plastic rings on the tines that limit the buzzer's maximum motion, and by moving the plastic in or out, you can decrease or increase the level of buzzing. The wood, tines and everything about these karimbas are really nice. Like no other karimba you have played.

  Bellinger Karimba, acoustic

  Bellinger Karimba, electric

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Roots Production Karimba F-15 (a.k.a. Kazula)

Roots Production Karimba F-15 (a.k.a. Kazula)

The Roots Production Kazula is a 15-Note Karimba or nyunga nyunga, and can be tuned to F or F#.

  F-15 Tuning

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Goshen Box Student Karimba

Goshen Box Student Karimba

The 8-Note Goshen Box Student Karimba can be tuned to C, A, or G.

  C tuning

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Goshen Student Karimba

Goshen Student Karimba

The 9-Note Goshen Student Karimba can be tuned to C, A, or G.

  G tuning

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The "ZenZula Mini-9" can be tuned as a 9-Note Student Karimba

The 9-Note Zensula Mini-9 can be tuned as a student karimba in Bb or C, as well as to other unrelated tunings.

  Bb Student Karimba

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About the Author

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years.  He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since.  His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness.  Mark's kalimba books are a down payment on this proposition.

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