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Native to Central Africa, the Sanza (or "kalimba" or "thumb piano") is a melodic instrument much played by story ...
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Native to Central Africa, the Sanza (or "kalimba" or "thumb piano") is a melodic instrument much played by story tellers and musicians fond of entrancing sounds.
There are several types of sanzas : a "soundbox sanza" has a large opening on the upper board and two smaller soundholes on its lower part, in order to produce a distinctive "wah wah" modulation effect, while other types have their key-rack fixed to a solid soundboard (see present model), or to a tight piece of animal skin (Sanzula)
This particular model is handmade in Germany (Hokema), and carefully tuned in an original way (see picture below). The tips of its keys are bent down to give better playing comfort. The keys are pretty close to each other and allow great playing velocity.
The Sansula "Deluxe" is a high quality instrument. The wah-wah effect is impressive, just try it and you'll love it !
Height: 45 mm
Length: 195 mm
NB: Tuning is adjustable by re-positioning the blades (keys) forwards or backwards. The natural goat skin can also be adjusted and make a brighter sound.
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|Matière||Bois, peau animale, métal.|
|Scale||(présentation des notes de gauche à droite) : LA4 DO5 DO4 LA4 LA3 F4 MI4 MI5 SI4|
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