Emerald Thumb Piano

An ancient instrument transforms into a modern-day good time with this emerald kalimba.

$25.00

Paul and Sue Bergstrom created by

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

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Go Out and Play!

A smooth pine board and an eye-catching emerald-green finish transform an ancient instrument into a modern music maker ready for jam sessions.

This petite piano carries with it thousands of years of African musical tradition. Called a kalimba, mbira, mbila, or marimba depending on the region in which it's played, the first version of this handheld thumb piano appeared more than 3,000 years ago! Lightweight and portable, it was the chosen instrument of traveling troubadours, who would retell the history of their tribe in song.

Whether you use this version to strike up your own story or to teach little ones music basics, Paul and Sue Bergstrom's handcrafted thumb piano is the perfect instrument to carry a tune. The eight numbered tines, or keys, correspond with traditional notes on the diatonic scale. The tines are made of tempered spring steel that is hand-cut and rounded. To play, just cradle the instrument in your hands an pluck the tines with your thumbs. Handmade in Blairsville, Georgia.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Made in Georgia

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

created by

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

location

Georgia

Nothing brings Paul and Sue Bergstrom more joy than sharing their love of music. The couple, who live in the mountains of north Georgia, craft Kalimbas—a type of thumb piano that originated in Africa—out of gourds and wood. When Paul creates an instrument, he works to "feel" the sound. "Only after my wife has installed the key set and tuned it do I get to hear the end result of my work," he says.

Aesthetic beauty is just as important, even when it can't be seen. A few years ago, Paul recalls a show where a young blind girl chose her own Kalimba. When she found her match, a cannonball gourd, she knew instantly. "She said, 'It's beautiful, I can feel it,'" shares Paul. "In that moment, my wife and I realized that what we were doing was very right."

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
brass, steel, baltic birch wood, western pine
Measurements
6" L x 3" W x 2" H
Care
Wipe with cotton cloth.
Notes
Emerald Thumb Piano is not amp-compatible.
Item ID
27036

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4.7

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (15)
  • Durable (13)
  • Excellent craftsmanship (13)
  • Great intonation (8)
  • Highly responsive (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (10)
  • As a toy (7)
  • Performance (5)
  • Jam sessions (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (43), No (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (36), Birthday (6), Other (4)

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5.0

cute and fun

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

Fun instrument! I tried it out and it seems like to get an actual song out of it would take a lot of practice, but I bought it as a fun gift. It went to a friend that's really hard to buy for and he liked it a lot.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Christmas or Hanukkah
 
5.0

Great gift

By 

from Sunnyvale

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practice

    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    Great gift for a child (or anyone).

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah
     
    5.0

    Music Fun Where Ever You Go!

    By 

    from Minnesota

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clever
    • Durable
    • Excellent Craftsmanship
    • Great Intonation
    • Great Sound
    • Highly Responsive

    Cons

    • For beginners consider color coding also
    • Would love to see the music book text larger

    Best Uses

    • As a toy
    • Beginners
    • Practice

    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    We gave one as a Birthday gift to a professional musician and it was well received. We also gave one to our son who is a beginner so he can practice too. What fun they have been for the whole family. We also love the craftsmanship and wood. Great quality. I am planning to order a couple more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday
     
    5.0

    Really neat!

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    from Lansdale, PA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Excellent Craftsmanship
    • Great Intonation
    • Great Sound
    • Highly Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • As a toy

      Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

      I purchased this as a gift for my husband (he is more experienced with music than I), simply for him to have a little something to play with at idle times. I love it myself! It makes such pretty music and is so relaxing to play. Our niece was over on Chrismas day and she couldn't stop playing it. My husband liked it, although perhaps less than the rest of us. Not sure about how to tune it when the sound is off though.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah
       
      5.0

      Husband loves it!

      By 

      from Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Excellent Craftsmanship
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

          My husband really enjoys this - he wasn't sure what it was at first, but figured it out in a heartbeat.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah
           
          5.0

          Wonderful present for my boyfriend

          By 

          from Westland, MI

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Durable
          • Excellent Craftsmanship
          • Great Sound
          • Highly Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jam Sessions
            • Practice

            Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

            It's beautiful! My boyfriend is a musician and loves the sound from it. I even picked it up to play. Its very easy to start but just a little time to master.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah
             
            5.0

            EMERALD THUMB PIANO

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            from rock hill

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practice

              Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

              GREAT CRAFTSMANSHIP

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah
               
              5.0

              This put a smile on my granddaughters face from ear to ear!

              By 

              from St. Clair Shores, MI

              About Me Child

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Craftsmanship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  We saw something like this at a craft show and didn't purchase it. Then she asked for it for Christmas so we purchased it. She played with it ever since.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah
                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful Gift

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                  from Waldwick, NJ

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Excellent Craftsmanship
                  • Great Intonation
                  • Great Sound
                  • Highly Responsive

                  Cons

                  • slight smell from fresh paint

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                    My father loved this gift! In his free time he likes to play piano and organ, but has an appreciation for eclectic instruments. This thumb piano is beautiful and has such clear sound. All the kids bickered over who would get to play it next!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah
                     
                    5.0

                    Very nice

                    By 

                    from Metamorphosis, IL

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Excellent Craftsmanship
                    • Great Intonation
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jam Sessions
                      • Performance
                      • Practice

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                      I thought this thumb piano for my son-in-law for Christmas. It was bigger than I thought and made extremely well. Very happy with the purchase.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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