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Meinl Wah-Wah Kalimba
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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.
- Medium size:
- a' c'' c' a' A f' e' e'' b'
- Chrome plated steel
- Ergonomic shape
- Wah-wah effect can be achieved by manipulating the sound hole
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- Wider bridge than others here
- Bait-and-switch item photo
- Half the keys bent
- Not enough keys
- 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...