Spiral-9 Box Student Karimba

Original price was: $43.00.Current price is: $35.00.

Based on the Spiral-10 kalimba, this one has 9 notes and is tuned to the “original mbira” or “student karimba tuning.

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The African notes to play the African songs, plus mounted on a box with coverable sound holes to give the “wah” effect.

This kalimba started out life as the “Spiral-10” kalimba tuned to “Do Re Mi” in C. BUT, I changed the tuning on this one to the tuning of the Student Karimba – also known as the “Original Mbira” and the “Kalimba Core” (according to ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, Hugh Tracey’s son) – that is, what is thought to be the original tuning of the original African mbira from about 1300 years ago. As such, it plays a whole bunch of traditional African music – or, like the piece in the video tab, African-sounding music.

The Spiral-9 has a brilliant sound, good volume from the amplification of the box, and very smooth tines. It is a joy to play.

This is a great instrument for kids, with soft smooth wood and smooth and light metal tines. Lets say the instrument is great for kids 6 and up (at least up to 62, as I love mine).

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 6 × 2 in



The Heart-9 Box Student Karimba sounds great, and the smooth, wide tines feel great under thumb.


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.