Emerald Thumb Piano

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

$25.00

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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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Paul and Sue Bergstrom

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Paul and Sue Bergstrom

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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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UncommonGoodsEmerald Thumb Piano
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (26), No (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (12), Child (10), Self (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (21), Other (4), Birthday (3)

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5.0

Nice Gadget

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from New York, NY

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great Intonation
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • As a toy

    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    Makes nice music but takes a a lot of practice

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice Instrument

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    from Louisians

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    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    My Grandson is 23. Loves this.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other

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    4.0

    Make music while walking :-)

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    from St. Louis, MO

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    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    I've used my thumb piano to write melodies while I'm lying in bed, walking around town, or sitting down with family! Other people love it too. I'm going to use it at an open mic pretty soon. I only wish I had known I was ordering a diatonic one; I would have gone with the pentatonic instead.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
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    • Other

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    4.0

    Cool piece

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    from San Diego

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    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    My son cant stop playing it. Challenges the mind while playing music in a different way. S
    Super cool

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
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    • Other

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    3.0

    Not Really As Expected

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    from San Diego, CA

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    Pros

    • Great Conversation Piece
    • Unique Item

    Cons

    • Hard To Play

    Best Uses

    • Gift For Adults

    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    Purchased this for a child. That was a mistake. It's hard to play for child with limited finger strength.

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    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    Beautiful and unique gift!

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    from Ontario, Canada

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    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

    The recipient loves it. I would choose this again as a gift. I might even get one for myself.

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    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
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    • Other

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    5.0

    Fun for all!

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    from 92037

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    Pros

    • Fun to use
    • Musically Inclined Love

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

        Fun

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Wife
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Pleased with this purchase

        By 

        from Massachusetts

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        Pros

        • fun

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Down Time Entertainment

        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

        An entertaining little hand-held gadget that doesn't involve looking at a screen.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was very expedient, product was in excellent condition.

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        • Yes
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        • Other
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        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Fun little instrument!

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        from Hoffman estates , il

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        Pros

        • Easy For Al Ages
        • nicely made
        • Perfect size

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Entertaining Self

        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

        Nicely made. Easy to learn, fun !

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        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        4.0

        Beautiful Sound

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        from Burke VA

        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

        I received this as a Christmas gifts and love it. Great sound, seems sturdy, and the accompanying song book is a wonderful perk. However, as I play, the green dye rubs off on my hands. (Which were dry.) I wish there was a way to fix this! Otherwise, a great little instrument.

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        • Yes

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