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Kalimbas (Mbiras, Sansas, Likembes, Thumb Pianos, Finger Harps)

Kalimbas (also called mbiras, sansas, likembes or thumb pianos) are a plucked idiophone unique to Africa and widely distributed throughout the continent. To play, rest the thumb piano on the fingers of both hands and hold it between your palms. Cover the vibrato holes with your fingers. Then pluck the keys with your thumbs. As you play you can un-cover and cover the vibrato holes as you like. Many different tunings are acceptable, according to personal preference. Specific tuning of a thumb piano is only an issue when two instruments are played together; then they should generally agree in tuning. Otherwise, the tuning is subjective and should only be pleasing to the player. The longer keys have lower pitches and shorter keys have higher pitches. The keys can be adjusted by tapping them in or out to adjust their length, and therefore their pitch.

Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano ( THMP ) Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano
Sheesham Kalimba (thumb piano), 5" x 7", 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. Made in Pakistan.
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$47.00
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Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano with Spruce Top ( THMP-SBS ) Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano with Spruce Top
Rosewood Kalimba (thumb piano), with solid spruce soundboard. There are 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. 5" x 7". Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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$47.00
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Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano with Rounded Back ( THMR ) Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano with Rounded Back
Sheesham and Lacewood thumb piano, 5" x 7", 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. It has a rounded back. Made in Pakistan.
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$56.00
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Dobani Thumb Piano, 8-Key Flat Thumb Piano ( THMF ) Dobani Thumb Piano, 8-Key Flat Thumb Piano
6.5" by 4.5" sheesham thumb piano with 8 steel keys. Made in Pakistan.
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$28.00
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Ethnic Musical Instruments

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