The kalimba is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board (often hollowed for
resonance) with attached staggered metal tines. The instrument is played by holding it in your
hands and plucking the tines with your thumbs. It’s that simple. The kalimba is classified as a
lamellophone, and an idiophone.
Unlike other inexpensive thumb pianos, the Donner kalimba is made of a solid mahogany
resonance box and carbon steel keys that provide a drastically better sound. Each kalimba has
been rigorously tuned before packaging, to ensure the tone is perfect when you get it. This
kalimba is tuned the the same as a piano , international standard C tuning. 1(E), 2(C5), 3(A),
4(F), 5(D), 6(C4), 7(E), 8(G), 9(B), 10(D).
Key Material: Carbon Steel
The 10-key Kalimba is small and comes with a carrying case so that you can carry it with you to
use during travel and leisure time.
10 Key Kalimba
- Resonant Box Material: AAA Solid Mahogany
- Dimension: 8.1in x 6.5in x 2.2in (20.5cm x 16.5cm 5.5cm)
- Tonality: C Key
- The Number of Keys: 10 Keys
- 1 x Donner DKL-10 Kalimba
- 1 x Tuning Tool
- 1 x Carry Bag
- 1 x User Manual
How to Tune Kalimba
Tuning the kalimba is actually just adjusting the exposed length of the tines until they reach the
You can use a real tuner or download an tuning App.
Android system app: gStrings, Apple system app: Instuner.
2. Tune with harmmer:
Making tines longer (from the point where they are held down on the bridge) will lower their pitch, and making them shorter will make their pitch higher.