Set of 10 Buzzers


A set of 10 buzzers suitable for the 4mm tines on the Hugh Tracey Karimba and Treble Kalimbas.

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While most western ears appreciate the clear, pure kalimba tones, in Africa it is a different story. The distortion of the buzzers was an essential part of the African sound. Essentially every traditional kalimba had some sort of buzzers.

When Andrew Tracey brought the African Tuned Karimba into the AMI Hugh Tracey instrument lineup in the 1980s, he decided upon these brass compression mountings for a robust buzzer solution. They slip onto 4 mm width kalimba tines. They sit between the bridge and the “Z bracket”, and to get them into that space, you slip them into the tine, and then lift the tine off the bridge to let the buzzer slide past the bridge. (See the Video in the Video Tab.)

Generally, it is not possible to get these buzzers on all 17 tines of a karimba, so typically they are put onto the nine lower row tines – the “every other tine” approach to the buzzers gives the buzzers enough space. Why do we give 10 tines and not 9? In case you lose one.

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Weight 0.2 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 0.25 in

Video of Buzzers

Removing Buzzers – of course, installing the buzzers is the opposite of this.

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. See answered questions.