Afroton Hugh Tracey AKA623 Kalimba

Kalimba

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  • Key: G-major scale
  • 15 Tines
  • Wood body with metal tines
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Number of metal tines 15
Type Kalimba
Pickup No

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Unique Sound
ZenStarry, 30.01.2014
What an amazing little instrument. The Aftoton Kalimba is unlike any other instrument that you are likely to find. The sound is unique.

First let me state this AKA623 model is actually a Hugh Tracey Kalimba (Alto Model). For those who do not know, when it comes to Kalimbas, Hugh Tracey models are the cream of the crop, they far surpass all other models.

Even though this small instrument looks like a toy, do not be fooled, it's a world class piece of kit that could be used by any top percussionist in the world. It's amazing what you can do with the 15 notes and the 2 vibrato holes, everything from simple nursery rhymes to a full rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" can be played on this small hand held wooden box.

It's build using the finest African hard wood, and comes with some instructions to start you on your Kalimba journey. This Kalimba is an instrument for everyone, from the smallest child to an old lady to a world class musician, the Hugh Tracey Kalimba will give you hours of endless pleasure.

It's also available with a built in pick up!
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Fantastic Kalimba
Spiritreader, 28.12.2020
The Hugh Tracey Afroton Kalimba is a classic and light weight Kalimba with a resonating body.

This was one of the features I was looking out for when purchasing a kalimba, as there are also models without.
Those models generally produce a richer and fuller sound.
Beware though, this means some notes will resonate more heavily than others, so while they sound louder and fuller, they may not be as neutral.

The overall sound is great, quite loud for a kalimba and the tines feel nice.

Overall build quality is good.
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Un très bel instrument
Nicolas816, 24.05.2011
Je ne suis pas un spécialiste du Kalimba mais en possède un pour les enregistrements.

Celui-ci est de très bonne factures. Je l'ai choisit en raison du nombres de notes possible (15 notes accordées en Sol Majeur) et de sa qualité de fabrication.

Pas de surprise à la réception: la résonance du coffre en bois est bonne, les lamelles de métal sont très agréables à jouer car elles sont plates et sonnent bien également. Pour avoir pu comparer ce kalimba avec un autre (je ne me souviens plus de la marque mais celui-ci avait une forme ovale et des lamelles plus fines) et bien ce Kalimba était nettement plus précis et ample en terme de sonorité. Mais je pense qu'il y a également une question de gout qui entre en considération.
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erst nur als Geschenk gedacht
BMay, 14.08.2020
Eigentlich hatte ich die Kalimba erst nur gekauft, um sie der Freundin von unserem Bassisten zu schenken, da sie mal über kleinere Kalimbas gestolpert war und ihr der Klang so gut gefiel.
Als die Kalimba dann ankam, habe ich diese natürlich selbst erst einmal ausprobiert und war positiv überrascht.
Der Klang ist echt toll, nur muss man manchmal gerade die kurzen Zungen nochmal etwas zurechtrücken, wenn sie nach dem Stimmen zwar den Ton haben, aber irgendwie nicht richtig klingen. Dazu gibt es aber auch online Tipps, wie man damit am besten umgeht.

Nach ein paar Tagen merkte ich dann schon, dass das Instrument irgendwie süchtig macht, zudem noch kompakt und nicht zu laut ist.
Ich habe sie dann schmerzlich verschenkt, mir aber mittlerweile das gleiche Modell in der Ausführung mit Tonabnehmer zugelegt. Ganz ohne das Instrument ging es dann auch nicht mehr.

Da ich nun zwei von der Sorte in den Händen hatte, kann ich sagen, dass die Verarbeitung beim Holz an beiden sehr sauber ist.
Die auf der Oberseite gefärbten Metallzungen weisen hier und da mal ein paar kleine Blasen im Lack auf.

Durch die G-Stimmung lässt sich damit leicht etwas zusammen mit Gitarren arrangieren, da es dort eh viel in G-Dur gibt.
Und die zwei Oktaven sorgen dafür, dass man nicht ständig Kompromisse eingehen muss, was ich klanglich vorteilhaft finde.

Schwer zu spielen ist das Instrument nicht. Die Anordnung der Töne begünstigt viele Standardakkorde mit nur einem Daumen.
Von Vorteil ist es, wenn man keine ganz kurzen Nägel an den Daumen hat, es geht aber auch ohne, wenn man den Anschlagwinkel ein wenig anpasst.
Man soll auch mit großen Fingerplektren über den Daumen die langen Fingernägel ersetzen können, was ich bald ausprobieren werde.
Durch die Löcher an der Rückseite kann man mit den Fingern ein Vibrato erzeugen, was für mich an diesem Instrument bisher die größte Herausforderung darstellt.

Einfach ein zarter Klang zum Träumen, aber auch ein Instrument zum Spaß haben.
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