This is a brand new (2020) 17-Note Kalimba in C – just like so many other kalimbas out there. But this one is made from bamboo. Why is this good?
I think the bamboo makes this one sing a bit better than the mahogany. I love the light colored face wood, and I love the way the high notes sing on this kalimba.
The bamboo also makes these kalimbas stronger and more resilient. True story: by accident, I left my bamboo 17-Note Kalimba in my car in the Tucson summer. It got up to 100 for 10 days in a row, and in my car it was surely 130. And somehow I lost my kalimba in there for 10 days. When I finally found it, I expected the wood to have cracked. But it was in perfect condition. The small segments of bamboo wood joined together makes this wood really stand up to stress.
While this kalimba is the same size as the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba, it is made with thinner wood and thus weighs a bit less than the Hugh Tracey, so it could be easier for smaller persons to handle. The tines are softer and thinner metal, which means this one is easier on your thumbs if you are a beginner. While the sound is beautiful, it is still a bit tinny when compared to the Hugh Tracey kalimba.
Paint options: we paint 6 tines on these kalimbas, which is what you need if you want to use the Kalimba Magic books or downloads. If you want to get only 5 painted tines in order to use the Chinese instructional system, you will want a different painting system – ask for it in a COMMENT when you check out. If you get the kalimba unpainted, you can color the tines with Sharpie marker however you want. Or, if you get the Double Tine Painting System (with two different colors) you can use both the Kalimba Magic and the Chinese instructional materials.