Articles tagged with: Thomas Bothe

03 August 2016

New Music Tabs for 2B/14 kalimba in "E1 Tuning"

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements, Tips

Half the 2B/14 kalimbas we shipped last month were in E1 Tuning - Now there is music for the E1 Tuning

Thomas Bothe is famous for his delightful kalimbas as well as for his unique, individual kalimba tunings.  However, there was one day last month when I was fulfilling orders, and I tuned three 2B/14 kalimbas to the E1 tuning - which is perhaps the classic 2B tuning that most represents Thomas Bothe's soul.  Simple, delicate, easy, and beautiful.

Two of the three customers requested the E1 tuning after they had learned about it from the various 2B tunings I have documented online.  The third 2B/14 customer just asked for "a special tuning" - and I thought "I'm gonna make this E1 tuning an extra special tuning by writing some extra special music for it!"

03 August 2016

2B/9 Kalimbas Available in Sansula Tunings

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements, Tips

Instructional books and downloads are available for: Standard A minor, Heavenly A, Beautiful E, and C Major tunings

While the Thomas Bothe "2B" kalimbas are charming and delightful, they have one major drawback - there is a dearth of instructional materials for them.  This is mainly because each kalimba Thomas makes is an individual, tuned to its own unique tuning, and so it's not really possible to write a book for each one.

I had a great idea about making it possible for people to be taught how to play 2/B kalimbas. The idea came about this way: Over the last 10 years I produced several instructional books/downloads for four different Hokema sansula tunings (a sansula is a special kind of kalimba). While pondering how to make 2/B's teachable, it hit me: why not offer the 2B/9 kalimbas tuned to these four sansula tunings so people could use the sansula books to learn their 2B instruments? So that is what we have done, and below I describe each of the books which can be used with our new "alt" 2B kalimbas.

 

26 June 2016

The Thomas Bothe "2B" Kalimbas Return

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Get your 2B kalimba while they last

The Thomas Bothe

"I received my 2B/9 Kalimba several days ago and it is truly a magical little instrument... I LOVE it!  I love the A/C tuning too...great choice.  I am drawn to picking it up frequently and picking out random tunes.  I don't really now what I'm doing, but it always sounds great!"

    -  Marcy, 2016

 "The 2B kalimba arrived today.  What a dear instrument!  I just adore it"

     -  Vickie, 2016

 

20 January 2016

Great News about Thomas Bothe 2B Kalimbas!

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

2B/9, 2B/9B, 2B/14, and a 2B/14L are now here!

Great News about Thomas Bothe 2B Kalimbas!

We've been waiting a long time for Thomas Bothe to send us more of his wonderful "2B Kalimbas", and we have just received a few instruments (January 2016). They are unique in the world, nothing quite like them - check out the video below if you want to know what makes them so special.

18 December 2015

Interview: Thomas Bothe and his 2B Kalimbas

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This archival 2010 interview sheds some light on a remarkable kalimba maker

Interview:  Thomas Bothe and his 2B Kalimbas

The "2B Kalimbas" made by Thomas Bothe are very high quality instruments, and, clearly, labors of love. The care and attention to every detail that is evident in the workmanship of these instruments made me very curious about their creator. I was quite pleased that Thomas was able to spend a little time telling me about himself and his work.