Moozica RS Series 21-Key Rosewood Flatboard Kalimba
There are tons of great kalimbas sold online — often in 21-key, 17-key, or 15-key configurations — so as long as you check the reviews before buying one, you’re probably fine. However, my vote goes to the Moozica RS Series 21-Key, a beautiful instrument with a glossy flat board made from solid rosewood.
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- Flatboard = bright, clear, and gentle
- Hollow = warm, round, and full
Although I usually prefer the sound of the flatboard, the lack of a sound hole means that it sometimes needs a little help in the amplification/recording department. If you think you’ll be using your kalimba for performances (live or prerecorded), you may want to pick up the version that comes with a pickup receiver ($70).
For those of you who intend to play music for yourself alone — or you’re looking for a nice gift for someone else — you can buy the receiver-less kalimba for $55 on Amazon.