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Milltone Drum – A Very Cool Instrument

milltone Drum from above

Milltone Drum from above

Sometimes, when I have a small amount of time to kill, I go to a website called Blogsurfer.Us which gives you a rolling scroll through seemingly innumerable blogs. Every six seconds, you are shown a new blog’s opening page. You can pause, or back up (controls just like a video player in the upper left corner) when something intriguing catches your eye.

It is a very easy method for pushing out your boundaries and finding stuff that you would, otherwise,  never have seen. I think doing just that is a good experience and helps keep the brain clicking as one ages.

Today, I stumbled upon a blog devoted to a very, very cool new instrument, the Milltone Drum.

Rather than try to explain it, let me ask you to watch this great video:

I love it.

The sound reminds a little of the Kalimba, or “thumb piano,” common throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Kalimba thumb-piano

Kalimba thumb-piano

The Kalimba is also variously known as: Mbira, Mbila, Mbira Huru, Mbira Njari, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Marimba, Karimba, Likembe or Okeme. I have owned one for several years and it is easy and fun to play and usually captivates anyone (especially children) seeing it for the first time.  Highly-talented Maurice White, the driving force behind the success of Earth Wind & Fire regularly played a Kalimba during E W & F concerts and on several album tracks.

But the Milltone Drum is a high-tech, super-tuned beautiful version of this type of instrument. As good as it sounds in this Youtube video, imagine the wonderful tonal quality of this instrument when heard live. And each one is a real piece of art. These things are gorgeous!

These unique and lovely instruments are available on eBay for around $250.00. You can learn more, and see a number of stunning iterations of the Milltone Drum Blog.

Milltone Drum-3

Milltone Drum in Red

Milltone Drum-5

Milltone Drum decorations

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About thejazzmonger
Music fan. All types of music but, especially Jazz, Big Band, Swing & Oldies from the 50s & early (pre-Beatle) 60s.

9 Responses to Milltone Drum – A Very Cool Instrument

  1. aahang says:

    I was captivated by the Milltone drum performance.Simply amazing !

    I am sure you are a musician.Sorry it is not too obvious from your blog.I always had an interest in Jazz.Now I have a new way of discovering it.

    Keep jazzing.All the best !

  2. Oddly enough, I am not what could be called a musician. I think I was born to be the audience. As much as I love music (pretty much all kinds), I am not at all talented as a player. And I can’t sign a lick. People tend to giggle or groan when I try.

    I can HEAR the music in my head but I can’t make it come out.

    The Milltone Drum is really something, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

  3. discodaug says:

    hello,

    Thank you for the great quality of your website, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    regards,

    Darren Heel

  4. Juan says:

    o.k

  5. Phil says:

    I have one of these drums. And they’re awesome. You sort of get into a daze when you play it long enough and boom…there goes half an hour. It’s great for relaxation and meditation. I’ve even had someone ask me to record myself playing it so she could fall asleep to it. They’re not $250 anymore but still worth it.

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