Why kalimba will have buzz and how to solve the buzz ?

- Dec 07, 2018 -


Kalimba is a national musical instrument with a very traditionalcharacter. It mainly relies on the thumb to move the keyson the body (mainly wooden, bamboo, and metal in modern development).


But after long time playing ,you may meet with buzz in kalimba just same like ukulele,so you may ask why kalimba and thumb piano instruments have buzz noise since its structure are so simple? You can see the kalimba structure below:

kalimba structure


In general, there are several reasons why the Kalimba have buzz.

1. Repeated friction between the keys and the stainless steel pillow, resulting in the lack of the pillow

2.Kalimba key (shrap) metal fatigue, directly lead to weakened elasticity, which is inseparable from raw materials

3. A small number of manufacturers have low raw materials, and inferior fixed zithers are used in the production process of the piano.

4.When the thumb piano is shipped from the factory, some brands of QC did not strictly check and debug the piano (quality control problem)


For the above reasons, we have two ways to solve it:

1. Move the key to the left or right, or try to move forward and push the key, and grind it into the bridge as it moves to solve the noise.

2. Pad the paper at the joint of the key and the pillow (this method is only temporary) Cut a piece of ordinary office paper or A4 paper into a strip of about 0.3cm x 0.3cm (the thinner the better).

Lift the key up and slide the strip between the key and the pillow. Lower the key until it grips the paper, then remove the excess paper.


Edit by Height Musical Instrument Co.,ltd News Department