How to maintain your Juma Instrument
Here are some tips for maintaining your mbira or kalimba.
- Do not leave the instrument in direct sunlight, rain or wetness.
- You can regularly put a little bit of vaseline (petroleum) jelly on the bottom tips of the keys to prevent rust and it will help your fingers play smoothly on the keys.
- Handle the instrument carefully, dropping or bumping the instrument may cause the metal keys to shift and get out of tune.
- If your instrument does bump and the keys touch each other, you can separate them carefully by putting a flat screwdriver on the side where the keys are touching and with a small hammer gently tap the back of the screwdriver so the key will move back in place.
- It is advisable you check the tuning of your instruments if it has dropped / bumped or as a routine check. For tuning tips check our page "How to tune your kalimba or mbira".