This balafon (BA-la-fone), also known as a bala, or balaphone, is built and tuned to serve as a legitimate high-end, professional instrument, imported from Mali. Each instrument is built by hand using traditional tools and techniques. The accurate tuning of the Haré blades is impressive, and the sound created with the buzzing gourds is enchanting and bright. Tuning is standard heptonic with major diatonic tonality in the key of C. Each bala comes with a pair of natural gum mallets, our money back guarantee, and the following features:
- 20-22 blades per bala covering about three octaves
- Haré wood keys, hand tuned and smoked to dry and seal and prevent pitch warping
- Strong bamboo, hardwood, and sinew frame, suited for transport. Average maximum dimensions: 46in L; 19in W; 8in H.
- Accurately sized gourds with cellophane-covered holes for the buzzing effect (In some cases this feature is not present, so please inquire about current inventory if you prefer the buzzing.)
- Pair of natural gum mallets, perfect for bringing out optimal sound quality
- Tuned blades typically in heptonic key of C, though in some cases non-heptonic tuning is available. Please inquire if specific tuning is required.
- Actual bala will vary slightly from photos above, but will match written description. Current inventory is from Mali.