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Download a PDF of the 2017 Kalimba Magic Catalog

Browse the Soundfiles for the 2017 catalog

The 2017 Kalimba Magic Catalog has sound recordings of many of the kalimbas in various tunings, which you can access here.

Page 3 - Karimbas and SaReGaMa Tunings

The African-tuned karimba is an important instrument in the evolution of African thumb pianos and is thought to be closely related to the "original mbira" from over 1000 years ago. As such it has an extensive repertoire of traditional songs and a variety of instructional resources. SaReGaMa karimbas are modifications of the African-tuned karimba, and the SaReGaMa Lotus, Air, and Freygish tunings are all explorations of the minor scale; all tend to play New Age music. Every instrument on this page comes with traditional African buzzers on the tines. Buzzers are easily removed so you can play with or without them. Let us know if you want us to ship your new instrument without buzzers.

Hugh Tracey African-Tuned Karimba

Hugh Tracey African-Tuned Karimba

  Karimba in African A tuning

  Karimba in G Western tuning

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Hugh Tracey Box Karimba - 17 Notes in A

Hugh Tracey Box Karimba - 17 Notes in A

  Box Karimba in G tuning

  Box Karimba in Am tuning

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I Ching 13-Note Specialty Kalimba

I Ching 13-Note Specialty Kalimba

  I Ching Board (or Celeste) Kalimba

  I Ching Box Kalimba

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SaReGaMa Lotus Karimba

SaReGaMa Lotus Karimba

  Lotus Karimba in Cm/Gm Tuning

  Lotus Karimba in Am/Em Tuning

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SaReGaMa Box Lotus

SaReGaMa Box Lotus

  Box-mounted Lotus Karimba, Cm/Gm, recorded without buzzers

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SaReGaMa Freygish Karimba

SaReGaMa Freygish Karimba

  Freygish Karimba

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SaReGaMa Air Karimba

SaReGaMa Air Karimba

  Air Karimba

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Page 4 - Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimbas

The Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba is a great platform.

Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba

  Alto Kalimba, standard G tuning

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Alto-based Afroharp

Alto-based Afroharp

  Alto-based Afro Harp

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Hugh Tracey Celeste Alto Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Celeste Alto Kalimba

  Celeste Alto Kalimba

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Alto-based 15-Note Karimba in F

Alto-based 15-Note Karimba in F

  F-15 Karimba

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Page 5 - Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimbas

The Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba,

Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba

  Treble, standard G tuning

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Hugh Tracey Celeste Treble Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Celeste Treble Kalimba

  Celeste Treble Kalimba, standard G tuning

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Hugh Tracey Bb Treble Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Bb Treble Kalimba

  Bb Treble Kalimba

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Alto-based D Treble

Alto-based D Treble

  D Treble Kalimba

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Page 6 - Chromatic Kalimbas

The concept behind the Hugh Tracey Chromatic Kalimbas is that the white notes on the piano are on the front of the kalimba and are played with the thumbs, while the black notes or flats are on the back side, and are played with the finger tips.

Hugh Tracey Chromatic Kalimba (Alto)

Hugh Tracey Chromatic Kalimba (Alto)

  Chromatic, standard "G on front" tuning

  Chromatic, standard "C on front" tuning

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Hugh Tracey Celeste Chromatic Kalimba (Alto)

Hugh Tracey Celeste Chromatic Kalimba (Alto)

  Celeste Chromatic, standard tuning

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Hugh Tracey Treble Chromatic

Hugh Tracey Treble Chromatic

  Treble Chromatic, standard G tuning

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Page 7 - Pentatonic Kalimbas

The pentatonic scale is a simplified scale that shifts the odds toward a successful musical experience. Hugh Tracey found that about 40% of African kalimbas had pentatonic scales such as these kalimba. Several different pentatonic scales are possible.

Hugh Tracey Box Pentatonic Kalimba

Hugh Tracey Box Pentatonic Kalimba

  Box Pentatonic, standard G tuning

  Box Pentatonic, G minor tuning

  Box Pentatonic, F7 Bebey tuning

  Box Pentatonic, G Ake Bono tuning

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Hokema 9-Note A-minor Pentatonic

Hokema 9-Note A-minor Pentatonic

  Hokema Box Pentatonic, standard Am tuning

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Hugh Tracey Celeste Pentatonic

Hugh Tracey Celeste Pentatonic

The instrument in this photo is made from a rare blond piece of kiaat wood, the wood that all Hugh Tracey kalimbas are made from. The blond wood is the sap wood and is less dense than the darker, browner heart wood and generally makes for a lighter sound.

  Celeste Pentatonic, standard G tuning

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Hugh Tracey Hotshot-11

Hugh Tracey Hotshot-11

  Hugh Tracey Hotshot-11 (celeste diatonic) in standard G

  Hugh Tracey Hotshot-11 in Hitzaskiar tuning

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Page 8 - Hokema Sansulas

The German-made Sansula has excellent tone, mind-bending special effects made by lifting the instrument off of a flat surface to change the resonant frequencies of the body, and charmingly simple scales and note layouts. Kalimba Magic has pioneered the field of developing new Sansula tunings, and we ship these instruments in several different tunings in addition to the elegant standard A minor tuning.

Hokema Sansula Deluxe (goat skin membrane)

Hokema Sansula Deluxe (goat skin membrane)

  Deluxe Sansula, standard Am tuning

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Hokema Sansula Renaissance (remo drum head membrane)

Hokema Sansula Renaissance (remo drum head membrane)

  Renaissance Sansula, standard Am tuning

  Renaissance Sansula, Beautiful E tuning

  Renaissance Sansula, Heavenly A tuning

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Hokema Pocket Sansula

Hokema Pocket Sansula

  B9 Pocket Sansula, standard Am tuning

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Hokema Twin Sansula

Hokema Twin Sansula

  Hokema Twin Sansula, standard Am tuning

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Page 9 - Hokema Kalimbas

Hokema B5 Kalimba

Hokema B5 Kalimba

These kalimbas are each tuned to a particular chord. If you get two different chords, get two players to take turns, responding to each others playing, and they can improvise melodies following a simple chord progression. Groups of three, four, or five different kalimbas (chords) can be fruitful.

  B5 in F minor tuning

  A choir of B5 kalimbas

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Hokema B7 Kalimba

Hokema B7 Kalimba

  B7, standard Am tuning

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Hokema B11

Hokema B11 "Melody" Kalimba

These recordings were made with the B-11 kalimbas strapped to a small cardboard box for amplification. This also adds a bit of a buzz to the sound.

  B11 in standard G tuning

  B11 in G Ake Bono tuning

  B11 in Hitzaskiar tuning

  B11 in C Bothian tuning

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Hokema A-minor Pentatonic Kalimba

Hokema A-minor Pentatonic Kalimba

  Hokema Box Pentatonic, standard Am tuning

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Page 10 - Thomas Bothe "2B" Kalimbas

Thomas Bothe lives on an island in the North Sea off the German coast where he cooks, caters, and builds delightful kalimbas. Each of his instruments is tuned to a different tuning. So you have a choice about the tuning you get: you can take the tuning (always very cool) that comes to you when you order one, or you can listen to Thomas' greatest tunings and pick your favorite, and we'll tune your 2B kalimba to that tuning.

2B Kalimbas have tiny magnetic feet

2B Kalimbas have tiny magnetic feet

The 2B kalimbas have small, strong magnets embedded in their bodies. Tiny magnetic feet snap to the body, and these can be used to hold a 2B kalimba onto a thin resonant body, such as a cardboard box, Tupperware, or a 2B resonance frame.
The 2B/9 Kalimba

The 2B/9 Kalimba

  The 2B/9 comes in many tunings

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The 2B/9B Kalimba

The 2B/9B Kalimba

The 2B/9B has a strip of tiny buzzers to provide a shimmery African sound.

  The 2B/9B

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The 2B/14 Kalimba

The 2B/14 Kalimba

  Several tunings

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The 2B/14L Kalimba

The 2B/14L Kalimba

  Several tunings

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Page 11 - Goshen Kalimbas

Goshen Kalimbas, made in West Virginia, are smooth and beautiful instruments. They feel wonderful in your hands and are sweet to play.

Goshen 8-Note Box Kalimba

Goshen 8-Note Box Kalimba

  Standard D tuning

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Goshen 11-Note Box Kalimba

Goshen 11-Note Box Kalimba

  Standard D Tuning

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Goshen Box Student Kalimba

Goshen Box Student Kalimba

  Box Student Karimba, C tuning

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Goshen Student Karimba

Goshen Student Karimba

  G tuning

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Goshen 17-Note Karimbas - Lotus, Freygish, Air, African tunings

Goshen 17-Note Karimbas - Lotus, Freygish, Air, African tunings

  Goshen 17-Note Lotus Tuning

  Goshen 17-Note Freygish Tuning

  Goshen 17-Note Air Tuning

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Goshen 15-Note Alto Kalimba

Goshen 15-Note Alto Kalimba

  Standard G Tuning

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Page 12 - Roots Production Kalimbas

These kalimbas are made by Andrew Masters in the mountains of eastern France. The bodies are made from real sardine cans. Remarkably resonant, these instruments sound a bit like steel drums.

Roots Production Karimba F-15 (aka Kazula, Nyunga Nyunga)

Roots Production Karimba F-15 (aka Kazula, Nyunga Nyunga)

  A Karimba or Nyunga Nyunga in F, with pickup

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The "ZenZula Mini-9" comes in several tunings

  The ZenZula Mini-9 in our C Maj 4 tuning

  The ZenZula Mini-9 in our EbMaj tuning

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