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What kind of Kalimba do you use most often?


I just ordered a 17 tine Kalimba (my first Kalimba). After watching some videos about Chromatic and 21 tine Kalimbas I am wondering if 17 tine was the right decision. So I wanted to ask you about your experience with different Kalimbas. What kind of Kalimba do you use most often and do you feel like something is missing when you play on your 17 tine Kalimba?
Another thing I wanted to ask is if it damages or wears the Kalimba in any way to retune it.
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Topic starter Posted : 22/03/2021 2:00 pm
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@kaliFAN - thanks for your questions


It is pure personal preference if you like a chromatic or the 17-key Kalimba. I would advise experimenting with both and picking the one you like more.


Now, in terms of retuning, some Kalimbas are fixed - which means that you cannot retune them at all. Others, like Kalimbera, can be retuned - but you can tune it in C or lower keys (otherwise the highest tines won't make any sound).

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Posted : 22/03/2021 2:08 pm
Khyla Andrea
Eminent Kalimbist

As I am still learning, I often use a 17-key kalimba. For me, buying a chromatic one will be cheaper in the long run, than having one 17 and one chromatic. But since you've bought one already, I don't think it's a bad decision. Additionally, you can still explore and decide if you're really interested in a kalimba with the first one you got. Hoping for the best when you receive it! 

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Posted : 22/03/2021 3:16 pm
Nataliya liked
Active Kalimbist

I’m a newbie in kalimba world ^_^ and I’m glad that I already bought my very first kalimba the Meraki and I love the melody that I heard every time I played it 

Posted : 22/03/2021 5:35 pm
Nataliya liked
New Kalimbist

Thanks for all the answers. I bought a Bolf Kalimba and I think it is retunable. But i will leave it at C major I think, because I found many tabs for it.

Posted : 22/03/2021 6:42 pm
Nataliya liked
Eminent Kalimbist

Ich habe eine B11 und eine B17 in G-Dur von Hokema, die liebe ich um Melodien zu spielen. 

Meine selbst gebauten Kalimbas haber alle Vedschiedene Sonderstimmungen: Akebono, Pygmy, Deep Skye und so. Damit kann man schön frei spielen.

Liebe Grüße von Saskia

Posted : 29/03/2021 8:31 pm

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