Buy the best kalimba?

Buying the best Kalimba can be very complicated, with so many different brands, different woods and different numbers of notes, it can be hard to keep track of all the instruments on the market!

In addition, it can be difficult to find a good, reliable store that delivers quality instruments quickly. That's why we've decided to write this article to make it easier for you to choose your thumb piano. buy the best Kalimba

buy the best kalimba
5 criteria to buy the best Kalimba?

What makes a good thumb piano?

To choose a good travelling companion, it is essential to ask yourself the right questions: what are the characteristics of good instruments?

The wood

First of all, there's the wood used: you'll find instruments made of camphor, oak, rosewood and so on.
However it's not really the wood that's important used for the design, but whether it is recomposed wood like most inexpensive instruments (priced under €50), or from solid wood as offered in our store Kalimba online, but which may indeed be a little more expensive.

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To choose your instrument of choice, it's also important to select the quality of the notes. You'll often find poor-quality notes (also called blades) on the Internet, which will give you a "cheap" effect; in fact, the best notes on our website are made from alloys of different metals, iron/steel and natural minerals such as carbon.

The number of notes

The number of notes can be a decisive factor when it comes to buying your kalimba. There are thumb pianos of various sizes, with 8, 10, 12, 17 and 21 notes being the most common. At first glance, you might be tempted to take the smallest kalimba to start with, thinking that it will be easier to learn, but this is a serious mistake, as you will hardly find any sheet music or tablature to learn to play your instrument...

That's why we strongly advise you to start with a 17-note kalimba and move on to a "chromatic" instrument once you're comfortable with 17 notes. You'll find an excellent series of videos in our tutorial section to teach you how to play your 17-note thumb piano quickly!

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With or without a sounding board?

When you look at the different kalimbas that exist, you've probably wondered why some instruments are flat and others have cases. The answer is quite simple: resonance!

Flat instruments have a lower resonance but have a sound with fewer echoes, so they have a more crystalline sound, whereas with a resonance box the sound can seem more "parasitic", but all this depends above all on the quality of the wood. If your budget allows, always choose solid wood instruments to buy the best kalimba.

The attachment system

To buy the best kalimbas, it's important to choose a solid attachment system that exerts sufficient pressure to produce the clearest, most pleasant sound. However, an attachment system that's too solid will make your instrument much harder to tune! It's best to choose a system that's strong enough, yet flexible enough to allow you to readjust the notes as you wish.

The note fastening system is also much stronger on solid wood kalimbas, which is another reason why we strongly recommend choosing only solid wood instruments and onlyavoid cheap instruments which you can find all over the web!

C, B or F tuning

If you're reading this article, it's probably because you want to learn how to buy the best kalimba so you can enjoy the experience to the full, and you've certainly been confronted with the choice of basic tuning for your beloved musical instrument. We'll guide you through it very simply: WE DON'T CARE!

Why should I? Simply because you can learn to tune your Kalimba very simply ! Use an app like "Pano Tuner", which is free on smartphones, and use the tuning hammer included in our complete kalimba kits to adjust your instrument to your liking!

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