My first Kalimba

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Project by George Seifert posted 05-22-2022 12:56 AM 574 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not fancy, but it sounds pretty good. I have an appreciation now for people that can play these things – especially more than one note at a time. I’d attach a sound sample if I could figure out how. It’s a lot louder than I thought it would be. And it really sustains which means the notes tend to run into each other.
It measures 5” x 7 1/4”. The main body is all myrtle and the inlay is mahogany.

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#1 posted 05-22-2022 02:25 AM

Looks sharp, what type of wood are you using to create the sound board?

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 05-22-2022 11:58 AM

Carumba!!!!!!!!!!! that is a beautiful kalimba !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 05-22-2022 12:00 PM

nice workmanship, looks good, would love to hear it played.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 05-22-2022 01:59 PM

Another beautiful project!

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#5 posted 05-22-2022 02:38 PM

One of the nicest I have seen. What did you use for the metal parts, that you pluck?

-- “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing"- Edmond Burke

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George Seifert

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#6 posted 05-22-2022 02:51 PM

Looks sharp, what type of wood are you using to create the sound board?
- Eric

I used myrtle for the whole thing. Myrtle is used in guitars so I figured it would work here. It had a nice tap tone. The back and front are thinner (2mm) than what I could find used in other Kalimbas. Whatever I did it seemed to work well.

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