Introducing the Ambira Classic Pro

The Ambira Classic Pro is a new kind of kalimba/mbira that offers players some of the best features of modern kalimbas and traditional mbiras all in one instrument.

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“Caleb Kalimba” ©Copyright 2013 Caleb Schepart

With typical kalimbas you must alternate between left and right thumbs to play a scale. This system is great for its own reasons, one of them being that it is simple to play harmonies because all the notes in a chord are already next to each other. With the Ambira, you can still play harmonies very easily, yet the notes are arranged in scale order, which makes it delightfully intuitive to play. Many people are able to relate more with the nyKalimba than they can with other kinds of kalimbas.

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“Ambira Classic Pro” © Copyright 2013 Caleb Schepart

Non-musicians will appreciate the intuitive feel of this instrument. Musicians will also appreciate the intuitive note arrangement, and also the wide range of dynamics you can achieve by adjusting the force used to pluck the keys. It is perfect for relaxing and letting the music flow, and also for playing your favorite songs.

You can see from the pictures that the hardware used to secure the keys to the soundboard are concealed inside the tensioning tube, which creates an exceptionally clean and natural appearance.

mbira nyKalimba concealed tensionsing hardware

Ambira Classic Pro using concealed tensioning hardware © Copyright 2013 Caleb Schepart

The body is shaped and sanded by hand to allow the wood grain to flow smoothly all around the instrument. This makes it extremely comfortable to hold and beautiful to look at. The rhombus shape of the body imparts a classic yet modern quality to the appearance of the instrument. The wood is finished with shellac to bring out the natural beauty of the maple and to help protect the wood.

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Ambira Classic Pro © Copyright 2013 Caleb Schepart

The Ambira Classic Pro comes standard with buzzers, allowing the spirit of the traditional African mbiras to come through. It is easy to mute the buzzing with your pinky, for effect, or if you wish it is simple to tighten the screw holding the buzzers which will stop them from vibrating until you choose to loosen the screw again.

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Ambira Classic Pro, rear, © Copyright 2013 Caleb Schepart

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