Bolf 15-Note Karimba
Great feeling, great sustain, great workmanship - in the Nyunga Nyunga African tuning.
In the last three days, I have seen three non-kalimba players pick up the 15-Note Marek Bolf Karimba and fall in love with it through making beautiful music that they did not realize they could play. In addition to being a great instrument to just pick up and explore with, there is an extensive repertoire of traditional African music available for the karimba.
This is a perfect instrument for a "personal kalimba" - not loud enough for a performance instrument, but wonderful to play at the kitchen table or in bed.
Marek Bolf makes these instruments in Slovakia with great attention to detail. They are sturdy, precisely built, and beautiful. Each piece of wood is like a work of art. We get them built on ash, cherry, oak, walnut, and mahogany (in order from lightest to darkest). The darker woods tend to play more quietly but sustain longer. You can request wood type as a COMMENT, but we may not be able to ship the wood you request. Perhaps list several wood preferences?
There are two downloads of traditional songs written out in tablature for the 15-note Karimba in F. This is the original tuning and layout of the karimba taught at the Kwanongoma School in Africa in the 1960s, and popularized in the USA by Dumisani Maraire as the mbira nyunga nyunga.
Listen to this sound clip: