Goshen 8-Note Box Kalimba
The Goshen Art School kalimbas are legendary for their beauty and silky feel and sound, but they are made in very limited numbers. The one disadvantage to the Goshens is they are not robust - so these are not recommended for children or for gigging out. But as peaceful instrument for a spiritual practice or a personal gift, this kalimba is a great choice.
The specifics: 8 notes tuned diatonically in the key of D - ie, exactly one octave starting on D. This kalimba can be used with our Best Ever 8-Note Kalimba Book if you paint three of the tines - however, the CD that goes with that book is recorded with a kalimba in C, so the tablature works, but the sound will be a whole step off from this kalimba.
I love this kalimba most for how it feels and looks. It has a way of getting close to your heart very quickly. I imagine it would be good for storytelling.