The incredibly soothing, nurturing and magical Sansula is made by a family run artisan instrument shop, Hokema, located in southern Germany. The Sansula is part of the Kalimba family (also known as a thumb piano), and can be played just as easily as your standard kalimba. The instrument has an innovative and patented suspended mounting of the resonating block on a membrane, which gives it such an amazing capability in its tone and resonance. We at Beautiful Sounds agree it is the most beautiful sounding and easy to play kalimba out there!
The Sansula is known not only its unbelievable sound, but it's elegant design. The oval frame of laminated Beech wood is fitted with a membrane which, together with the resonating block, produces a prolonged, warm and soft tone. It's infamous 'wah-wah' effect can be produced by holding the instrument against the body, on the thigh, or laying it on a table and then moving it up and down on the surface at varying speeds.
The Sansula kalimba comes with a fantastic custom carry case to protect it well in transit and make it very easy to carry.
Electro B9 Kalimba
The tuning of the Kalimba B9 is identical to that of the Sansula. It is in A-minor with additional tines tuned to B and F. Because all the notes harmonize, beginners can easily pick it up and start playing.
Standard Tuning A-minor: A, C, C, A, A, F, E, E, H
Amplify the sound by placing the kalimba on a flat surface such as a table or top of a drum. The B9( nine tines) is the ‘sister’ model of the B7 (seven tines) Kalimba. Both have the same sized wooden block, but the tines of the B9 are slimmer than the B7. This gives the B9 a more overtone rich sound compared with the B7, which has more vibration instead. Solid resonant body of American cherrywood.
Measurements: 4.8 x 3.6 x 1.4 inches
We suggest you use a 6.3 mm cable and a right-angle connector. Cable and connector not included.
Electro B7 Kalimba
The body of the B9 and the B7 is the same size, but the tines for the B7 are wider than the tines on the B9. Because of the wider tines, the B7 is easier to play.
The deep tones of the pentatonically tuned instrument emit vibrations that are felt particularly strongly in the hands. This is one reason the B7 is especially favored by music therapists. Always in harmony, it’s also an easy instrument for beginners to play.
Standard Tuning Pentatonic C: E, G, D, E, C, A, A
We suggest you use a 6.3mm cable and a right-angle connector. Cable and connector not included. You can also amplify the sound by placing the Kalimba on a flat surface, like a table or on top of a drum.
Solid resonant body of American cherry wood.
Measurements: 4.8 x 3.6 x 1.4 inch
Electro B11 Melody Kalimba
Plug in your Kalimba and amplify your music. The Melody Electro is the Kalimba B11 Melody plus electric receiver. We suggest you use a 6.3 mm cable and a right angle connector. Cable and connector not included.
- 11 Tines precisely tuned to g-major suitable for playing countless popular tunes.
- G-major: g , a , e , d , c , g , d , g , f# , b , a
- The B11 Melody is ideal for improvisation and intuitive playing.
- Solid resonance corpus of American cherry wood
- A large number of well know songs can be played
- Ergonomically formed tines for easy playing with the thumb
- size 5.5"x 4.1"x 2.4"
- includes a fitted Kalimba Softbag to protect your Kalimba while on the road.
Kalimbas are metal-tined instruments which originated in southern Africa and which can be found there in countless variations.
Our Kalimba B11 Melody was meticulously hand-crafted out of solid American black cherry wood. The surfaces were treated and polished with natural oils and waxes. The 11 tines were precisely tuned to the scale of G Major, suitable for playing countless popular tunes. The Melody is ideal for improvisation and intuitive playing.
We positioned the long and short tines alternately to ensure ease of playing in accordance with acoustic criteria. The six shorter tines are bent - with the ends raised above the longer tines - enabling easy reach by the thumbs.
The eleven tines are numbered from left to right. The even numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 represent the longer tines and the odd numbers represent the shorter. Generally – for single-voice melodies – the left thumb (L) plays tines 1-6 and the right thumb (R) plays 6-11.
Tuning Tool - highly recommended option!
If you are wanting to retune your Sansula into other scales, there are amazing videos put out by the makers online to guide you! You will need their special tuning tool, a small hammer and an electronic tuner to tune your Sansula. Purchase your tuning tool with your Sansula so you are prepared. It's simple to learn to tune and makes your Sansula a super versatile melodic instrument in your collection! We will even give you a free lesson in the tuning process.
Sansula Kalimba (Acoustic only)
Electro B9 Kalimba (same tuning Sansula but with pickup)
Electro B7 Kalimba
Electro B11 Melody Kalimba