Articles tagged with: Kalimba Doctor

30 September 2019

10 Most-viewed Blog Posts

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

A reprise of the past two years' "greatest hits" at Kalimba Magic

10 Most-viewed Blog Posts

I'm Mark Holdaway. founder and director of Kalimba Magic. About once a month, I write a newsletter delivering a brand new batch of blog posts concerning the kalimba and how to play it. Some of these posts will get a few thousand views - those are the ones I write for myself. Other posts receive over a hundred thousand views, and apparently those are the ones that I write for the rest of the world.

This is a collection of our 10 most-viewed Kalimba Magic posts. At least some of them will likely be useful to you.

12 August 2018

Enjoy This Vintage Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This one plays just as nicely as it did in... oh, 1968? Yes, Virginia, old kalimbas can be made new again!

Enjoy This Vintage Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba

In the 1960s, the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba was “the thing.” It was new, it was fun, it sounded great.

Hugh Tracey’s sons, Andrew and Paul, both learned to play and love the Treble kalimba. In fact, while Hugh was working on creating this hybrid instrument in Africa before anyone in the world was making commercial kalimbas, he sent Paul one of his first prototype kalimbas while Paul was at boarding school back in England. Hugh admonished Paul not to share this kalimba with anyone. It was top secret. And the kalimba that Paul received was constructed not of wood, but of aluminum! (Just like the aluminum cello of Albert Schweitzer.)

The entire boarding school knew that Paul had gotten a package from his father in Africa, and even the headmaster began to badger him: "SO, what did you get in that box from Africa?" And there sat 15-year-old Paul in his bedroom at night, quietly plucking his brand new, aluminum prototype kalimba’s tines, producing sweet and charming and exotic melodies and harmonies... and there wasn't a single person that he could share it with!

04 March 2017

10 Most-viewed Blog Posts of 2016

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

A reprise of the past year's "greatest hits"

10 Most-viewed Blog Posts of 2016

I've been really busy putting together the 2017 Kalimba Magic Catalog - our first in about 7 years.  So, I haven't had time to really do a lot of great new material for newsletters. But we did put out some excellent stuff this past year, and I am reprising some of it here.  

This article contains the 10 blogs posts from last year that were viewed by the most people.  If you are a devout follower of Kalimba Magic, it's likely that you've already seen these. But you may appreciate a review, and if you haven't been up on everything we've been putting out, this collection may provide you some very interesting or useful information.

04 March 2017

My Own Special Kalimba Repair

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

I couldn't believe it - a juice spill on my favorite kalimba! Fortunately, I know a good kalimba doctor!

My Own Special Kalimba Repair

It was the grapefruit juice drink that did me in. It somehow splattered on my old (50 years or so!) Bb Treble, perhaps my favorite kalimba, as I was on my way to a performance. While performing, I first noticed one note on the far left not ringing clearly.  About 20 seconds later, the adjacent note went dim, and within a minute, to my distress, the whole left side suddenly stopped ringing.  (My theory: as the juice dried between my kalimba tines and the bridge, it left a juice and dust-based cement that deadened the tines, leaving just a dull, quiet thud.)  I had just witnessed the death of a kalimba!

Even though the kalimba died right in the middle of the performance, I was confident that when I got home, the Kalimba Doctor, who knows how to make dead kalimbas sing again, would take care of me. Luckily I AM the Kalimba Doctor.