Made of solid Natural Ash Wood 9 Steel plated keys on each African-style kalimbas—or thumb pianos—are among the few percussion instruments that create genuine melodic notes. Their distinctive tones are often used in movie soundtracks and other recordings to create an atmospheric effect. Tocalimba Thumb Pianos offer the musical charm of traditional kalimbas, combined with Toca's trademark innovative design. The small Tocalimba mounts its nine steel keys atop a solid block of natural ash wood. The sound produced by the small Tocalimba is especially delicate and tranquil.