Bus Stop K


Playing the Bus Stop K
Kalimba-like instruments need a heavy and solid mounting to provide good counterpoise for the vibrating tines, but they also need an expansive and compliant-enough soundboard to radiate their sound effectively into the air. The wall of a plywood shelter for a bus stop near my house, used in conjunction with heavy mounting boards for the tines, turned out to be the perfect soundboard for a bass & treble lamellaphone pair, with the heavy boards mounted on the plywood walls. The sound is full and satisfyingly strong, and you can get the very nice feeling, as you pass the time inside waiting for the bus, of being within the instrument’s sound chamber.

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