Continued from here.




Take, for example, the humble kalimba or thumb piano.  On this recycled version of the instrument, the lid from a small tin box is used for the soundboard.  The rest of the box is made of wood, which may or may not add resonance to the instrument (as in, this box looks pretty heavy, relatively speaking, and may have had support as a consideration rather than tone.  The tines are nothing more than bobby pins.


For anyone questioning the viability of the kalimba as a musical instrument, viewing the following video may eliminate those doubts:


In necessity is the mother of invention, poverty might be the mother of innovative invention.




Originally posted 2013-05-02 20:23:15.