Chromatic Kalimba

The Chromatic Kalimba – a piano kalimba

I have had frequent requests for a chromatic kalimba over the years. Now, with the lasercutting technology I used for the Linear Kalimba, I have designed a chromatic kalimba that I can offer for a reasonable price.

chromatic kalimba side view

chromatic kalimba – current version

  • 37 tones
  • 3 octaves chromatically, from G2 to G5
  • Notes are layed out like a piano keyboard and can be played with the fingers or thumbs
  • Size: 56 cm x 39 cm x 15 cm; weight is about 9.5 kg
  • Floating soundboard for a clear sound level and bass response
  • Built-in pickups for amplification

The instrument has spring-tempered steel tines, aluminium brackets and a birch plywood case. I changed from using bamboo wood because that was too sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. There are 2 pickup systems each with their own output jack, so you can get a nice stereo sound. It comes in a simple but sturdy cardboard box.

Here a first video, when I was using bamboo for the case:

At last the waiting list for the chromatic kalimba is cleared up and I have some instruments available at this time.

The price of the chromatic kalimba is 795 Euro for customers in the European Union plus 21% VAT tax (167 Euro). Shipping in the EU is around 35 Euro. The price for customers outside of the EU is 954 USD plus about 100 USD shipping (for the USA), and a coverage for PayPal fees.

Please send me an email if you are interested in this instrument.

Here a recording of the acoustic sound:

And the sound of the built-in pickups on one of the new chromatic kalimbas:

chromatic kalimba

3 octaves range G2 – G5 on the chromatic kalimba