Karimba
This instrument class represents what Andrew Tracey in his article The Original African Mbira? calls the South Bank Karimba type. In Mozambique it is called kalimba nkulu (big karimba).Most instruments cataloged at ILAM originate from the Sena/Nyungwe or Sena/Tonga people in Mozambique. In the article Karimba: The Shifting Boundaries of a Sacred Tradition, Jocelyn Mory (then Moon) explores the "big" (20+ key) karimba in Zimbabwe's Northeast.
Its key layout is a rather straightforward extension of the 15key 'Nyunga Nyunga' karimba, and also resembles the njari without LT manual, which just has the bass keys laid out consecutively for the left thumb, and the lower left keys played with the forefinger.
Currently there are four notations. They are called
 Pitch.1
 Pitch+Octaves.1
 Pitch.4
 Pitch+Octaves.4
There are six playing areas:

Pros and cons of different counting schemes
In Pitch.1 and Pitch+Octaves.1 notations, scale degrees 13 and 56 denote the notes of the kalimba core as in Andrew Tracey's The Original African Mbira?), which can be useful to compare [transcriptions on] different instruments.In Pitch.4 and Pitch+Octaves.4, on most instruments the two right hand, and the left upper manuals start with scale degree 1, similar to a position notation. This may help to memorise finger patterns, and is congruent to the njari Pitch.5 and Pitch+Octaves.5 notations.
Click on the tabs below for a description of each notation:
Scale degrees are numbered from 1 to 7; 1 being the reference key of the instrument (which most cases is the lowest key, as in the picture above). It is the same as the Pitch+Octaves.1 notation, with all octave indication omitted where it can be deduced from the playing area.
Key Overview
The table below shows all keys of the notation, from lowest to highest. Each row contains all possible keys for that playing area. Each column contains all keys of the same pitch.Not all instruments may have keys matching all these notes. Red notes are alias names for the same key, if it can be played with different fingers.
Hosho  .  
LI  7  1  2  3  4  5  
LU  4  5  6  7  1  2  3  
LL  6,,  7,,  1,  2,  3,  4,  6  7  1  2  3  4  5  
RI  4/  5  6  7  1  2  3  4  
RT  5  6  7  1  2  3  4  
B  6  7  1  2  3  4 
Aliases
The table below lists all alias keys. Row names are shown in black, cell content in red.Key  Alias  Notes 

B6  LL6,,  B6 key played with left thumb 
B7  LL7,,  B7 key played with left thumb 
B1  LL1,  B1 key played with left thumb 
B2  LL2,  B2 key played with left thumb 
B3  LL3,  B3 key played with left thumb 
B4  LL4,  B4 key played with left thumb 
Same numbers as the Pitch.1 notation, but full octave indication.
Key Overview
The table below shows all keys of the notation, from lowest to highest. Each row contains all possible keys for that playing area. Each column contains all keys of the same pitch.Not all instruments may have keys matching all these notes. Red notes are alias names for the same key, if it can be played with different fingers.
Hosho  .  
LI  7  1'  2'  3'  4'  5'  
LU  4  5  6  7  1'  2'  3'  
LL  6,,  7,,  1,  2,  3,  4,  6,  7,  1  2  3  4  5  
RI  4  5  6  7  1'  2'  3'  4'  
RT  5,  6,  7,  1  2  3  4  
B  6,,  7,,  1,  2,  3,  4, 
Aliases
The table below lists all alias keys. Row names are shown in black, cell content in red.Key  Alias  Notes 

B6,,  LL6,,  B6,, key played with left thumb 
B7,,  LL7,,  B7,, key played with left thumb 
B1,  LL1,  B1, key played with left thumb 
B2,  LL2,  B2, key played with left thumb 
B3,  LL3,  B3, key played with left thumb 
B4,  LL4,  B4, key played with left thumb 
This is similar to the Pitch.1 notation, just assigning 4 as the reference key's scale degree.
Key Overview
The table below shows all keys of the notation, from lowest to highest. Each row contains all possible keys for that playing area. Each column contains all keys of the same pitch.Not all instruments may have keys matching all these notes. Red notes are alias names for the same key, if it can be played with different fingers.
Hosho  .  
LI  3  4  5  6  7  1  
LU  7  1  2  3  4  5  6  
LL  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  2  3  4  5  6  7  1  
RI  7/  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
RT  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
B  2  3  4  5  6  7 
Aliases
The table below lists all alias keys. Row names are shown in black, cell content in red.Key  Alias  Notes 

B2  LL2,  B2 key played with left thumb 
B3  LL3,  B3 key played with left thumb 
B4  LL4,  B4 key played with left thumb 
B5  LL5,  B5 key played with left thumb 
B6  LL6,  B6 key played with left thumb 
B7  LL7,  B7 key played with left thumb 
Same numbers as the Pitch.4 notation, but full octave indication.
Key Overview
The table below shows all keys of the notation, from lowest to highest. Each row contains all possible keys for that playing area. Each column contains all keys of the same pitch.Not all instruments may have keys matching all these notes. Red notes are alias names for the same key, if it can be played with different fingers.
Hosho  .  
LI  3'  4'  5'  6'  7'  1''  
LU  7  1'  2'  3'  4'  5'  6'  
LL  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  2  3  4  5  6  7  1'  
RI  7  1'  2'  3'  4'  5'  6'  7'  
RT  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
B  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7, 
Aliases
The table below lists all alias keys. Row names are shown in black, cell content in red.Key  Alias  Notes 

B2,  LL2,  B2, key played with left thumb 
B3,  LL3,  B3, key played with left thumb 
B4,  LL4,  B4, key played with left thumb 
B5,  LL5,  B5, key played with left thumb 
B6,  LL6,  B6, key played with left thumb 
B7,  LL7,  B7, key played with left thumb 