The Marimbula is an African-derived folk instrument found largely across the Caribbean. This plucked box musical instrument is typically referred to as a “large box lamellophone”. This family of musical instruments produces sound when the player presses and releases the “lamellae”, which in this case are made of a Baltic Birch material. Similar instruments go by many names, including the kalimba, mbira, sanza, marimba, and thumb-piano!
The Marimbula usually plays the roll of bass guitar, providing the rhythmic and harmonic support for a band. While there are many designs and variations for this unique instrument, this version built by Bill Arnold of Greencastle, Indiana provides a great sound with 13 notes and all Baltic Birch Construction. Available as an Acoustic version for $450, or get an Acoustic-Electric Marimbula with Fishman pickup for $550!