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Meinl Wah-Wah Kalimba Black

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Everybody loves a little wah-wah, so Meinl came up with a kalimba with a body-oriented sound hole in place of the traditional style. You can create a...Click To Read More About This Product

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

Everybody loves a little wah-wah, so Meinl came up with a kalimba with a body-oriented sound hole in place of the traditional style. You can create a great wah-wah effect by simply bouncing the kalimba body on and off your belly as you play. The position is comfortable and natural, while the sound gets shifted in creative ways.

FEATURES
  • Medium size:
  • a' c'' c' a' A f' e' e'' b'
  • Chrome plated steel
  • Rubberwood
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Wah-wah effect can be achieved by manipulating the sound hole
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MeinlMedium Kalimba
 
2.0

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2.0

Not as pictured: Beware!

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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