Please note that all of our utopia kalimbas in rosewood and resin have the same sound.
UTOPIA series kalimba is made in france by hand, in our workshop. Each kalimba is a little piece of art and is unique!
This kalimba has the particularity of having two rows of 17 blades, the tones on the bottom row (equivalent to the white keys of the piano) and the semitones on the top row (equivalent to the black keys of the piano) which will allow you to play a wide variety of music without having you worrying about Key limitations or tuning changes like in 1 row basic kalimbas.
Free yourself and your musical possibilities!
Please note that each kalimba is unique , be it in the resinwork, wood color or wood veins
This kalimba has a clear, brilliant and crystalline sound like a gem! A soft , non-aggressive tone for the ears.
«BOULDER OPAL» imitates the same named gemstone by its resin work. Like everything in nature, the design that the resin draws on the wood is unique. Made on a base of precious rosewood with a beautiful colour that varies between shades of reddish pink, brown and copper red, reminiscent of the copper part of the resin.
This magical kalimba will enchant your senses with its colorful and changing reflections, and crystal like sound
Each piece of wood being unique, with its small differences in density, we choose the tuning that sounds best after several tests for each kalimba. We advise you to keep this tuning in the future.
****************************** 3 TUNING SETUPS *******************************
1. FULL CHROMA
Each note has its sharp (#) above for an easy play. 4 and 1 keys are redundant ( repeated) on the top layer of keys
18 notes ,12 sharps + 4 redundant notes on upper layer
2. CHROMA +
Same as full chroma minus one sharp , + 1 note for a bigger range 19 notes ,11 sharps + 4 redundant notes on the upper layer
3. CHROMA + non redondant
notes from °4 to 5°°, no redundance. A big range of notes for much more playing possibilities!f
23 notes + 11 sharps without redundant keys
This set up is the hardest one to make, so in each batch of kalimba there are only a few pieces available. Always tuned in C or B
Can be played by beginners but it will be easier for intermediate to advanced players or musicians.
Which tuning to choose?
All our instruments are tuned in major mode. Whether you choose a tuning in C, B, Bb, A, or others you can play the same music pieces. Make your choice according to your hearing preferences. Are you more sensitive to high or bass sounds?
If you prefer
a soprano instrument - opt for a C or B tuning
a mezzo instrument- opt for a Bb or A tuning
an Alto instrument - opt for a G, F# or F tuning
A bass instrument opt for a Low E tuning
number of Keys: :34
basic material: Rosewood and resin
-Foldable tuning pliers
-Double tremollo chain