Kalimba buying guide: how to choose the right kalimba?

The kalimba is a fascinating, melodious keyboard musical instrument from Africa and America. Its hypnotic, complex playing can seem intimidating at first. That's why we've created this guide to help you choose a kalimba to suit your needs.

What is a kalimba?

The kalimba is a small keyboard musical instrument whose shape and size vary according to the instrument you choose. It's usually a small wooden plate covered with a high keyboard covered with nails or steel rods. The kalimba can be played with the fingers or with drumsticks, making it a very versatile instrument.

How does the kalimba work?

The kalimba is very easy to play. Simply use your fingers or chopsticks to gently place your thumb and forefinger on the steel rods that cover the kalimba's keyboard. Then, by sliding your fingers up and down the rods, you'll produce a simple, catchy melody. You can improvise and create customized musical pieces by adjusting where you play and using different rhythms and sound qualities.

Choosing the right kalimba

To determine the type of kalimba you need, start by answering these questions:

  • What size kalimba do you prefer?
  • What's your budget?
  • Perhaps you'd like an electronic kalimba?
  • Do you need something durable and easy to transport?

Based on your answers, you can choose the style, size and material that best suit your needs.

The main materials used for kalimbas

Kalimbas are generally made from a variety of materials. Most kalimbas are made of metal or bamboo, but there are also models in plastic, wood and tempered steel. Metal kalimbas are very popular and relatively easy to find. Wooden kalimbas are harder to find, but offer better resonance and a richer sound.

Where can I buy a kalimba?

You can buy a kalimba in many physical stores or online. If you store online, check that the online store you choose is trustworthy and offers good customer service. You can also find second-hand kalimbas on sites such as eBay and Craigslist.

Another excellent resource is The Kalimba Shop. It offers a vast selection of kalimbas to suit all budgets and styles. You can even find electronic kalimbas and kalimbas with two keyboards. Their friendly staff will help you make the right choice for your needs.

Tips for choosing a kalimba

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right kalimba:

  • Make sure the kalimba has a clear, consistent sound. You shouldn't hear the sound of scratched or uneven metal.
  • When choosing a kalimba, make sure it's easy to play, so you can start playing melodies more quickly.
  • Make sure the kalimba is well finished, with no visible cracks or holes.
  • Make sure you buy a kalimba that fits your budget, without sacrificing quality. You don't want to buy a kalimba that sounds bad.
  • Consider the type of music you intend to play. Some kalimbas are better suited to one style of music than others.

Caring for your kalimba

Taking care of your kalimba is very important. Here are a few basic tips to help you pre