You want to buy Kalimba but there are a lot of brands out there in the market? You then you start looking which brand are the popular one. Or you think what brand will make my money worth it. To help you, we will list some if not all of the most popular Kalimba brands in the market. Yes, we said popular, so a disclaimer to everyone who is reading right now that we are not ranking them. This list will be a living post since newer version or company are making Kalimba.
HUGH TRACEY KALIMBA
The first in our list, of course the brand from the first company who manufactured Kalimba, Hugh Tracey Kalimba. This kalimba is being manufactured in Africa wherein Kalimba was born. Specifically in African Music Instrument company that was built by Hugh Tracey himself. The wood is made of Kiaat(Wild Teak Tree) which are diverse in visual pattern, are growing widely in South Africa. And the tines are made of high quality metals which makes the sounds very good. In their inventory, they have board and box type kalimba. They also offer different models like Treble (17 Keys), Alto (15 Keys), Celeste (11 Keys), Chromatics and many more.
With the AMI motto “The Original and still best”, I think we can’t argue with that due to quality of their products. And their 60+ years of tradition of making Kalimba makes them on the top tier. Also a quote from Mark Holdaway of Kalimba Magic, “Over the course of the 15 years Kalimba Magic has been shipping Hugh Tracey kalimbas, I have seen about 40,000 different kalimbas made from Kiaat wood, and no two are the same”, which one characteristic of uniqueness this Kalimba have.
Their price range from $100 to $148 depending on model and if with pick up. You can find more of these products in Kalimba Magic and Dan Moi online store.
Now, let us discuss one of the top brands and top in kalimba sales, Gecko Kalimba. This is a quite Popular Kalimba brand not only in Asia where it was being manufacture but also in the West. Gecko was made by Gecko Musical Instrument Company and was based in Huizhou City in Guangdong Province in China. The company was established in 2009 making different instrument like Cajun Box, Guitar, Ukulele and many more. They been using different kinds of woods in their product like KOA, Maple, Mahogany and Camphorwood for their Flat board type. They are using carbon steel for the tines and other metallic parts.
Gecko offer both Hollow Box and Flat board type. They also have the different key model from 17 Keys, 10 keys, 11 Keys and 8 Keys. Some note, there are Gecko x April Yang Version of this Gecko Kalimba having April Yang’s logo on the board.
Their price range from $18 to $35 depending where you will buy it. It is available in Amazon, Alibaba, Aliexpress, Ebay, Shoppee, Lazada and some online stores.
Established in 2014, this Kalimba manufacturer comes from Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province in China. Their company focuses on Ukulele and Kalimba. They used different kinds of wood for the Kalimba, mostly Sandalwood for Box Type Kalimba and Walnut and Eucalyptus (African and Hedgehog) for Flat Board. Then Ore metal in the tines.
They offer the 17 Keys for both box and flat board. They also have a 21 Keys kalimba version for the flat board type which is very new version. Most of their Kalimba package includes tassel for decoration and metal chains which can give a good sounds when placed above the kalimba.
Their price range from $28 to $80 depending where you will buy it. It is available in Amazon, Alibaba, Aliexpress, Ebay, Shoppee, Lazada and some online stores.
We have more popular kalimba brands coming in this post : Kimi, Donner, Hluru, April Yang, Dual, Himig and more.