Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano

This handsome kalimba (thumb piano) is handcrafted from a naturally resonant gourd.

$40.00

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Whether you use it to strike up your own song or to teach little ones about world music, Paul and Sue Bergstrom's handcrafted thumb piano is the ideal instrument to carry a tune. Set in a beautiful, hollowed-out gourd are 8 numbered tines that correspond with traditional notes on the diatonic scale. The tines, or keys, are made of tempered spring steel that’s hand-cut and rounded, and are numbered for use with the included songbook. To play, simply cradle the gourd in your hands and pluck the tines with your thumbs. The shape of the gourd provides a natural resonator for a uniquely warm and rounded sound. The easy-to-follow songbook is filled with traditional melodies like "You are my sunshine," "Kumbaya," and "Happy Birthday."

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

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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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 Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
gourd, acrylic, baltic birch wood, steel stamped metal
Measurements
6.5" L x 5.5" W x 10" H
Care
Wipe with soft cloth as needed.
Item ID
26790

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4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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5.0

Great surprise

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from Nc

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practice

    Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

    She plays piano, but likes the unusal.
    She really likes it. Great product

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    • Yes
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    • Other

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    5.0

    Work of Art!

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    from Long Island

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Excellent Craftsmanship
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jam Sessions

      Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

      As a family we love to play unusual instruments so this is a great addition.

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

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      5.0

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      from indiana

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      Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

      well made, something different.......

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

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      5.0

      Will definitely buy more later as gifts

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      from Decatur, AL

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      Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

      I bought just because it was interesting and I love music of any kind. I enjoy being a little different. Have already had people ask about them and plan to give as gifts in the upcoming year so keep them coming!

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      5.0

      Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano was a huge hit at Christmas!

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      from Long Island, New York

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      Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

      I purchased two. One for a friend and one for my niece who is a musician as are her husband and children. They really were quite excitd to receive it!

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      • Yes
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      • Other
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      5.0

      So much fun!

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      from Long Island, NY

      Pros

      • Allows Space For Creativi

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Use
        • Office/Break Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

        This is great to de-stress.

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        • No
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        1.0

        Great gift but did not come with music sheet as was promised

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        from Yarmouth Maine

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        Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

        Did not come with promised sheet music

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        • Yes
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        • Other
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        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Love, love, love it!

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        from North Carolina

        Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

        Bought this for a dad who has everything. It came today and I can't wait for him to open it!

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        • Yes
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        • Father
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        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Stunning conversation piece

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        from Santa Ana, CA

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        Pros

        • Beautiful Marimba Sound
        • Easy To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use
          • Playing For Newborn Baby

          Comments about UncommonGoods Kettle Gourd Thumb Piano:

          Great color
          Included helpful song book

          Service and delivery comments:

          Excepionally fast delivery

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          • Yes
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          • Other
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          • Father’s Day

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