BugsGear DIY Chromatic Kalimba Assembly Manual 

Thank you for purchasing the BugsGear Chromatic Kalimba DIY kit.
First of all, please check whether the contents of the DIY kit you purchased are correctly included.

BKN-36 DIY parts without wooden body list of contents

This DIY kit is provided for advanced users who need to prepare tools and kalimba body. 
Users purchased DIY kit including kalimba body please follow from step 5 

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1.Screw hole positioning gauge
2.6mm(0.23622in) drill tip for insert nut hole
3. Insert nut 20pcs(5 spares)
4. Full tone and Half tone bridges
5. Stainless rod 2pcs
6. Full tone and half tone tines
7. Pressure bar for full tone and half tone tines
8. M4(0.15748in) wrench screw 20mm(0.787402in)10pcs(2spares), 30mm(1.181102in)9pcs(2spares)
9. 3mm(0.098425in) wrench 1pc and 4mm(0.15748in) wrench 1pc
10.Awl for screw hole marking
11. Aluminum foil tape for tuning
If there is an item missing from the contents list, please send an email to philipkw@naver.com and we will deliver it immediately.

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bag

USB charger

List of tool and material you need to prepare on your side.

1. Electric screwdriver to drill screw holes
2. Minimum size 20Cm X 16 Cm X 2Cm(7.8in X 6.3in X 0.8in) or bigger solid wood for Kalimba body.
   Be sure that kalimba body wood top must be flat and not bumpy   Recommended wood material density 500kg/m3 or more.   If you use Kalimba body wood material with too low density, we cannot guarantee  sufficient sustain in the higher tone tine part.
Please check density informatin by wood materials by visiting
Wood density chart-workshop

3. Adhesive tape for fixing screw hole positioning gauge or bridges.Please visit http://www.bugsgear.com for more detailed DIY assembly method with vid.

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How to assemble BugsGear chromatic DIY kalimba parts
 

Step1. Put screw hole positioning gauge and fix with adhesive tape on the Kalimba              body wood  material you are going to install tines.
Step2. Mark 15 screw holes with an awl

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 Step3. Mark the 15mm point on the drill tip and drill insert nut hole diameter                    6mm(0.236in) depth 15mm(0.59in). Hole distance must be accurate

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Drill diameter 6mm depth 15mm 

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Step 4. Install insert nut 15pcs using 4mm(0.15748in) wrench be sure insert nut top and                  Kalimba body top  level should be even.

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Please follow from Step 5 who purchased DIY kit including Kalimba body

Step 5. Put full tone bridge(thin) on the kalimba body and Align with the 8pcs insert nut hole

Step 6. Put stainless rod on the full tone bridge slot.

Step 7. Put 1st floor full tone tine on the bridge and align with the 8pcs insert nut hole.

Step 8. Put 1st floor pressure bar(8 hole) Due to high heat during laser cutting process 
            Pressure bar slightly curved and make the protruding part face down to give more strength
  to hold tines.

Step 9. Put 4 mm X 20mm 8 wrench screws and start to tighten them with 3mm wrench.
            All screws tighten evenly.

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When you tighten screws, tines starts to bended to the upwards and
if you keep tighten till you don't hear any noise or rattle, buzzing

Step 10. When you think all screws tighten and test it's sound from left to right and right to leftn Make sure there's any rattle, buzzing or any noise. 

If you find any buzzing or noise, try to make neighbor screw more tight.

11. When you think there's no buzzing or noise on full tone tines, start to install 2nd floor half tone tine.

Put 2nd floor half tone 
  bridge align with insert nut hole
12. Put stainless rod on the 2nd bridge slot
13. Put 2nd floor tine(half tone tine) on the bridge and align insert nut hole
14. Put 2nd floor pressure bar(7 hole) and this pressure bar also protruding part face down
  to give more strength to hold tines.
15. Put 4mm X 30mm 7 wrench screws and start to tighten them. All screws tighten evenly
  Make sure not to tighten too much on one side.
16. When you think all screws tighten and test it's sound from left to right and right to left
    Make sure there's any rattle, buzzing or any noise
    If you find any buzzing or noise, try to make neighbor screw more tight.
17. When you think there's no buzzing or noise on half tone tines, Prepare start to tuning

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We recommend using tuning app 'Datuner' which is accurate and effective
In normal production, We apply metal adhesive  under the tine with copper wire attached to lower the vibration frequency of the tine.
But, in this case we use aluminium adhesive tape under the tine.

18. Wipe off all the oil under the tine using alcohol or acetone or nail remover, cut the supplied aluminum foil tape to width of the tine,  and tune it by attaching an appropriate length of tape to under the tine.  Basically, all tines are cut slightly higher than the original tune, so while attaching  aluminum foil tape, You can adjust the vibration frequency of the tine to tune it.
19. 1st floor full tone tune should be from far left F3(174.61Hz) to right E6(1318.5Hz) and  2nd floor half tone tune should be from far left F#3(185Hz) to right D#6(1244.5Hz)

Place the strap on the screw hole on the back of the Kalimba body, insert the nylon tube into the screw, and then tighten the screw.