Kalimbula (Ceramic Sansula)
The Kalimbula is a new kalimba from Hands on Drums in Germany consisting of the 9-note hardware from a Sansula, mounted on a wooden face, with a ceramic body, including a piezo-electric pickup accessible with a 1/4 inch jack.
The ceramic body has one large sound hole on the bottom and two medium-sized sound holes on the sides. You get a deep wah-wah sound by covering and uncovering the sound holes. More subtle players can cover and uncover the two side holes with two or three of their fingers. Brute force players like me can lift and lower the instrument to uncover and cover the bottom sound hole. Excellent players can probably do both to get the deepest wah of all.
I have never dropped this instrument, but I am assuming they break when dropped. Also, do not store in a hot car or place in an oven.
Tunings: As the hardware is the same as the 9-note Sansula, and of the Sansula tunings are available on the Kalimbula. I felt it would be prudent to create a new tuning, the Bluesy E, to demo this new instrument.
We have written instructional downloads and books for: standard A minor tuning, Beautiful E tuning, Heavenly A tuning, C Major tuning, and Bluesey E tuning.