Kalimba, Coconut Shell, 7 Keys
The kalimba, or thumb piano, is one of those instruments you just can't wait to get your hands on. Beginners and seasoned musicians alike appreciate its unique and authentic old world look and beautiful sound range.
Born of African musical descent, the kalimba thumb piano has been around for thousands of years and is now beginning to make its mark on modern music. Inspired by the look and sound of the handmade kalimbas of old, ours features a natural coconut shell with a wooden faceplate and whimsical, hand-carved gecko art that pays homage to the kalimba's tribal heritage. To get the sound just right, you can easily fine tune the pitch and tone of the seven individual keys simply by turning the two screws on top of the instrument. Longer keys have a lower pitch, while shorter keys have a higher pitch.
Playing the kalimba is easy and fun for all ages and skill levels, and it makes a great addition to your instrument collection. Just hold the kalimba in your hands, playing the keys with both thumbs at once or just the one thumb to create soothing, enchanting melodies. You can also experiment with more complex arrangements and see where that takes you musically.
Posted by Jeffrey Pears on 14th Aug 2014
Unique sound, takes practice to master it.
Posted by Iponderon on 12th Aug 2014
Ordered on Friday, arrived on Monday.Very pleased with this fun gift for 11-year-old.
Posted by T. Chapman on 30th Jul 2014
I am delighted with my kalimba. It looks great, it sounds great. It's exactly as described but better. The service from x8 Drums was excellent. They notified me when it shipped, providing me with the tracking number so that I knew exactly when to expect it at my door. It was well packaged and arrived without a scratch. I would definitely buy from them again.
Posted by Sue Basko on 30th Jul 2014
I bought this for a young relative and he loves it. It looks good and sounds great . It has an authentic look and feel since it is a coconut shell. He immediately enjoyed it.
Fun instrument, great service.
Posted by Jeff K. on 29th Jul 2014
The Kalimba looked pretty neat and I thought it would be fun to play around with. It is, and I am really enjoying it. I had seen an earlier review on the site that mentioned that X8 Drums had contacted them to verify the order because the billing and shipping addresses differed and this could indicate fraud. I had the same issue and Matt called me up to check that I had placed the order and told me that use of different addresses is common with hijacked accounts and stolen cards. It made me feel good to know that X8 cared to make sure the order was legitimate and would contact me personally to make sure I was the purchaser and not being stolen from. A lot of businesses would have just taken the money even if they had suspicions. Again, I had high expectations of the Kalimba, and they were exceeded. It is fun and a nice little instrument at a good price. I may get one for my nephew's birthday in a few months. X8 did a good job and I look forward to dealing with them again.
Coconut sheel Kalimba
Posted by Shannon McDonald on 14th Jul 2014
I have always liked music from other countries-the variety of sounds. I was looking on Amazon.com when I was taken to this site. It arrived very quickly, much to my surprise. NOW, I just have to see if there is some sort of instruction book or music book so I can do more than make a joyful noise...
very prompt service
Posted by Potomac, MD USA on 11th Jul 2014
My son wanted an unusual instrument and this Kalimba satisfied his need. Inexpensive and nice sound delivered promptly. A bit difficult to tune well. Thanks very much.
Posted by Emma Baar on 10th Jul 2014
A quick delivery was very much appreciated. This was great service! Thanks.