The Sansula Elektra is the Sansula Renaissance with an internal condenser microphone and a piezo-electric pickup mixed together and send out on XLR. That is, the ELECTRIC SANSULA, an advance the world has been wanting for a decade!
The coolest thing about the Sansula is the way it produces the "wah wah" sound. On the Hugh Tracey kalimba, the wah is produced by covering and uncovering the sound holes to change the resonant frequency of the sound box. The Sansula is mounted on the head of a small drum which serves as the resonant cavity, and the resonance is altered when you hold it firmly against a flat surface or if you tilt it off of that surface. (Please don't beat on the drum, as this instrument is very delicate and will break if you misuse it.) So, you get the wah-wah effect by lifting it up and putting it back down on a table, or a board or book on your lap.
The Sansula Elektra's condenser microphone is uniquely poised to pick up that wet "wah-wah", and the piezo-electric pickup mounted beneath the bridge is uniquely poised to pick up the sound of the tines with clarity. These signals are mixed together and output to an XLR (cable included). You need +48 V phantom power to run the condenser mic. This means you cannot plug it directly into an amplifier with a 1/4 inch cable - you need to go into a higher end audio amplifier with XLR (3-prong) inputs and phantom power. The flip side to this hassle is superior sound.
Listen to this sound clip:
The Sansula's standard tuning is an A minor chord, with a few other notes thrown in. This tuning is a double-edge sword - you will not be able to play any songs you might think of playing on it, but on the other hand, EVERYTHING you play will have a unique mystical and haunting beauty, whether you know anything about music or not.
We have completed three hard copy books, one for Standard Am tuning, one for Beautiful E tuning, and one for Heavenly A tuning, and have a download for Sansula in C Major tuning.