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Kalimba! I first came in contact with one of these when my band was invited to march at DisneyWorld a few months ago. Looked more into them and found out the good ones aren't that expensive. So I bought one at Sam Ash today. They're really cool. The one I bought is a Treble in the key of G.
 

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Here's someone a lot better sounding than me on the instrument.

Earth, Wind, and Fire used these.
 

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That's great, really like it. Looks like a good quality instrument too. I have an old battered Kalimba that originally came from Africa but it sounds nothing like as good as that...
 

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they are beautiful instruments , some more complex ones are truly versatile and are not limited to a certain sequence on tones. Unfortunately not for me because of my blatant lack of coordination
this is a chromatic one

funny that it sounds a bit like a Indonesian Gamelan
 

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Thanks for that Milandro...didn't know they came so big!...is that a Western innovation, or can you find them that size in Africa? All the Aftrican ones I've seen have been small hand-held ones...Interesting that the player is plucking some upwards and some downwards, I guess it doesn't matter which you do...best when amplified I suppose...
 

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tat is definitely a modern instrument made in the United States and called Array Mbira which is derived from the Mbira and as Wikipedia says these intruments are known under different names : ......... (also known as Likembe, Mbila, Thumb piano, Mbira Huru, Mbira Njari, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Karimbao or Kalimba).....

 

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For anyone interested in this kind of stuff check out the Congalese kings of electric thumb piano...
 
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