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    Giant thumb organ?

    A couple of weeks ago we went on a cruise in the Caribbean starting at Montego Bay in Jamicao. While going through the shed on the way to the ship there was a three piece band entertaining the passengers. The one guy was sitting on what I thought was a cajon, but it had 5 metal strips just below the opening. It reminded me of a thumb organ. The metal strips could be adjusted for resonant length. They were maybe 1" wide and 3 to 6" long.

    What was this instrument?

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    Was it something like this?

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    It was somewhat like that, except possible wider and deeper. It also only had 5 resonators.
    The guy was actually sitting on it.
    The piano part was just underneath the hole on the backside. I don't know if it could be played as a cajon or not.

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    Yes, its played somewhat like a Cajon.
    It is called A Rumba box.
    I think the name comes more from the music & dance rather than the instrument,

    They are getting rare as this type of music is quickly dying. Google jolly Boys to see an example.

    Howard
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    Bass kalimba?

    https://youtu.be/Wix8mka4O6E

    Many similar instruments from various parts of the world.
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    Yes Vaughn, it must have been a bass kalimba.
    The one that I saw had only 5 resonators and one hole.
    The resonators were beaten so that the plucked ends were dish shaped.

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