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.
Thumb pianos exist in various forms, using different scales and modes for their key-tuning, different materials (metal, wood...) for their construction.
Usually, a sanza player holds his/her instrument with both hands, plucking the keys (metal or wooden blades) with the tip of his/her thumbs. Some models are laid down, though.
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 (see present model), while other types have their key rack fixed to a solid soundboard, or to a tight piece of animal skin (Sanzula)
This particular model is made in Thailand, with careful pentatonic tuning (A - C - D - E - G - A - C - D - E)
Impeccable Siam oak veneering, powerful sound and a large modulation range. 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.
Excellent value for the cost!
NB: Tuning is adjustable by re-positioning the blades (keys) forwards or backwards.
Height: 55 mm
Length: 175 mm