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 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Great sound (10)
  • Excellent craftsmanship (8)
  • Great intonation (6)
  • Highly responsive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (7)
  • As a toy (5)
  • Performance (5)
  • Jam sessions (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (37), No (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (31), Birthday (5), Other (4)

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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

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    5.0

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

    By 

    from St. Clair Shores, MI

    About Me Child

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    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

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        5.0

        Wonderful Gift

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        from Waldwick, NJ

        About Me Novice

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        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

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          5.0

          Very nice

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          from Metamorphosis, IL

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          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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            4.0

            Would purchase again but not the blue.

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            from Mechanicsville, VA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • The stain turned our hands blue when using it.

            Best Uses

            • Practice

            Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

            Fun to play, easy to adapt to your own tunes.

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

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            5.0

            Fun stocking stuffer

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            from Burbank

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • As a toy

                Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                My husband got a kick out of finding this item in his stocking. Everyone is trying to play it.

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

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                4.0

                Present for my grandson. Started playing it immediately upon

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                from Fairport, New York

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performance
                  • Practice

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  My grandson started to play it immediately! Good enough for me!

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

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                  4.0

                  Fun to play

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                  from Yonkers NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Excellent Craftsmanship
                  • Fun

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound
                  • Small print in songbook

                  Best Uses

                  • As a toy
                  • Performance
                  • Practice

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  Was fun to play, excellent workmanship, would love to have more current music, bigger print would have been nice in the songbook. Do you have any more songbooks?

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  5.0

                  Easy to play

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                  from Denver, CO

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • As a toy
                    • Performance

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                    The product looks just like the picture advertised. It is so easy to play since it's the size of a modern cellphone. The instrument sounds like a chime, very nice and eccentric.

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

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                    5.0

                    A Real Hit!

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                    from Golden, CO

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jam Sessions
                      • Performance
                      • Practice

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                      My boyfriend and I connected with music. The first time I met him, he played the piano at his house. I have only been dating him for a month and a half and I wanted to not only give him an original gift, I wanted it to be a musical gift. This was a huge hit! He was impressed by the quality, by the uniqueness of the gift, and that it was a musical gift. Thank you!

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

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