The Tavalimba

A new experience with a kalimba

I’d even go so far as to claim that, among polyphonic instruments, the Tavalimba is one of the easiest to learn. First successes come quickly, and the fun is there from the very first note. The instrument has a warm, pleasant sound and is easy to play. It’s suitable for people with no previous musical experience, however it is not for children younger than 12 years old. The Tavalimba doesn’t need to be tuned, but if it should ever go out of tune, the instruction book provides tips on how you can do retune it using a simple tuner. It’s a quiet instrument that will annoy neither neighbors nor family members. But if you’d like to make it louder, the e-Tavalimba, with an integrated pickup, can be plugged into an amplifier.

How a tavalimba is made

Each Tavalimba is carefully hand crafted in a German workshop. Since the individual elements are all cut, filed, sanded, and polished by hand, no two Tavalimbas are the same.

As said before, the Tavalimba is being 100% manufactured hand made in manual work and the presence of this energy is perceived when holding the Tavalimba in your hands. In total there are more than 60 different working steps required until a Tavalimba is finished. Not all of them are visible in this video, it is a brief extract of those steps, but it will give a good impression of the process of making a Tavalimba.