Handgrip Lamellophone

Openings in the Soundboard designate the Handgrip Design and make for easy holding while playing.

A drawing of two hands holding an African harp instrument, called ilimba.
A person is playing an African harp called the ilimba.

Handgrip Design Gourd Kalimba

Even large instruments are easy to hold and play with Handgrip Design

Handgrip Gourd Kalimba Lamellophone Slide Show

An Ilimba, a wooden ukulele with a lot of metal on it.

Peruvian Walnut Gourd Handgrip Kalimba

Burned and Dyed Design adorns this Kalimba as seen below...

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Custom Handgrip Gourd Kalimba

This custom piece has Burned and Painted Design;
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A man in a hat holding a large painted tiger, accompanied by an African harps.

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Custom Handgrip Gourd Kalimba Demo Video

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A person holding an African harp in the grass.

Another Gourd Handgrip Example

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Painted Gourd Handgrip Kalimba Demo

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Handgrip Tinlimba

I coined the term "Tinlimba" to refer to Lamellophone I make with cookie tins as the resonating body. This one is a large (double chocolate chip) tin; 13" diameter, with very fine grain Mahogany for the soundboard. Depth is 6". Tinlimba produce unique and wonderfully haunting reverberating sound.

A wooden ukulele, resembling African harps, is sitting in the grass.
An Ilimba, a circular painted object, laying in the grass.

Backside of above Handgrip Tinlimba

Most cookie tins have relatively thin bottoms and I discovered that it's essential to adhere a thin piece of wood or plywood to the bottom to produce a good sound. The above design is burned and painted.

Electric Peruvian Walnut Gourd Handgrip Lamellophone