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Hokema FAQ

Types of kalimbas

How to choose a kalimba and Sansula?

We offer three different Kalimba models.1) Kalimbas - a block of cherrywood with different numbers of stainless steel tines. From 5 tines to 17 tines. Each model comes in its default tunning. 2) Electro Kalimbas : Our most popular Kalimba models have a building pickup so you can connect them to your amplifier. 3) Sansulas, which have our Kalimba block mounted on a drum frame. Available in different materials and different numbers of tines.
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What is the difference between the Sansula Renaissance, the Basic and the Deluxe?

All models have the same Kalimba Block - 9 tines default tuning a-minor but are mounted on different materials. Sansula Basic - delicate skin that can break, an instrument for grown-ups. Sansula Renaissance - durable ( unbreakable) Remo drum skin moisture resistant the allrounder for grown ups and children. Sansula Deluxe - natural hide goat skin, durable, but the skin will react to humidity, with tension screws on the back of the instrument for grown-ups and children. You can order Sansulas in different tuning or retune them yourself. See more in here

Which Kalimba is best for playing songs?

We recommend the B17 and B17 mini for people with smaller hands to explore various songs and musical styles on the Kalimba. Their C-major scale spans two and third octaves, offering rich musical possibilities for players to explore melodies and harmonies​ and

Tuning kalimbas

Can I retune the kalimbas?

Yes, you can, and it is easy. You need a specific tuning tool, a physical tuner or an app (like PanoTuner), and a hammer to do it. You can order the tuning tool here Instructions how to tune the kalimba are here:

Kalimba maintenance and repair

My Sansula Deluxe skin became loose. How can I tighten it?

To retighten the skin of the Sansula Deluxe and enhance its sound quality, you can simply moisten the skin and allow it to dry. This process will naturally restretch the skin. Before doing this, ensure the screws are set to their neutral position with the tool you received with the instrument, fully turned in but not overly tightened. Just tighten them until they meet the rim and then stop. This method ensures the skin is optimally stretched without applying undue stress on the instrument.