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Meinl Medium Kalimba  Black

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The sound is pure joy, and a great addition to any percussion kit.

This MEINL Kalimba is a great sounding melodic instrument in a compact size. Solid construction, plated steel keys, and an ergonomic shape makes this kalimba a dependable musical tool.

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  • Medium size:
  • a' c'' c' a' A f' e' e'' b'
  • Chrome plated steel
  • Rubberwood
  • Ergonomic shape
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MeinlMedium Kalimba
 
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2.0

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By hippiekarl

from Pahrump, NV

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Pros

  • Wider bridge than others here

Cons

  • Bait-and-switch item photo
  • Half the keys bent
  • Not enough keys

Best Uses

  • random tone generator
  • starting-point for building a USEABLE one

Comments about Meinl Medium Kalimba:

I've been playing kalimba for 27 years, now (ever since I came across one and figured out a useable tuning-system). None of the kalimbas offered here (Meinl, Toca, etc) have enough keys to tune an octave and a half (unless you leave out degrees, losing the ability to make chords). This was the only one in MF with a wide enough bridge to add a few more keys and make it useable, so I bought it ~plus~ a small, solid-body Toca mini-kalimba (to raid for my extra keys). The way these are made and 'tuned', the intent is that of a 'gimmick', or 'sound effect'; and they're not meant to, say, be in a specific key (read the 'factory-tuning' mentioned in the Product Description above!). You're not going to "play a song/piece" in ~that~ so-called 'tuning' no matter ~what~ key anyone else is in. All you can do is get a flourish, or a moment of 'kalimba-timbre' amidst what the other instruments are doing (perhaps suitable for 'ambience', or a 'soundtrack' reference). Worst of all (and NOT shown in the product photo), is that half the keys are ~bent~ up to a higher plane than the others (every other one). That might be useful if your kalimba was tuned chromatically (and had enough keys to accommodate that[!]), but it's not--and it doesn't. The upwardly-bent keys make it essentially useless.....
The whole point of a playable kalimba is that your scale goes up on consecutive (in length) keys, starting with the center key (longest), then alternating left-side next-longest/right-side next-longest all the way up to the shortest key, on one of the two ends . If you tune this way, all 'melody-notes' are available, without the problems of adjacent keys being dissonant (since they're on opposite sides, and accurately 'thumbable'); at the same time, the major and minor triads are on every three keys in a row going up each side (and ~don't~ render any 'dissonance' if you slip off to the next key; it just adds the next degree to your chord). You can ~make~ a real kalimba out of this, though...

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