Woodpecker’s Balafons

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Balafons originally come from Africa, where they are made using dried pumpkins as resonators. The Woodpecker’s Balafon is a practical adaptation. Four pieces join together to form a resonance chamber below a set of note bars. The instrument can be rolled down and carried in a bag. Tuned in a pentatonic scale it suits both people with musical background and those with no experience in music. It comes with a pair of wool-padded mallets and a fitted gobelin bag. The keys of a balafon are tuned in a harmoniuos order of a pentatonic scale so it is easy to play on. It is great for intuitive experiments and improvisation.

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