Let me start by writing that I love Kalimbas!! I have already ordered many of them (most of them from Thomann!) So, when I found about this new electro-acoustic Kalimba from Thomann at a nice price, I've decided to order it, too!
After opening the nice made box, I've noticed
that everything seemed ok, but the cable was missing! Not a big problem (I thought) and I took it in my hands to start playing...I've stopped playing just after 5 seconds, cause there was a BIG problem! There was a weird buzzing sound, all over when playing! Cable is missing, Kalimba is buzzing, so, sadly, I have to return it (I thought again!)
Then, examing the Kalimba box all over I noticed something weird...the jack output was a bit loose! I've tried to screw it by hand and after that tried to play again...This time there was no buzzing! Sound was clear! Problem solved! Then I connected it to my amplifier, using an old cable (as the cable that sould come with Kalimba was missing!) to check the sound...it was clear & loud! Very well done!!
To sum up, let's see pros & cons:
Well made Kalimba (nice wood!)
Resonance hole (for making some wah-wah effects!)
Internal pickup system (working good!)
Includes some extras: bag, tuning tool and cable (the last was missing in my case!)
Needs better QC (Quality Control) so there will be no buzzing from loosen parts, nor missing cables!
Needs better instructions (for example: how to use the tuning tool?)
All in all, a nice Kalimba with a nice price, that just needs better Q.C. (that's why 4/5 stars in quality!)