Zoots the Kalimba Recorder

This gadget combines a thumb piano and digital recorder in a handmade wood housing.
created by

Richard Upchurch

$90.00

Richard Upchurch created by

Richard Upchurch

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Portable Piano

Part analog instrument and part digital recording tool, this playful gadget is a handheld soundscape. The easy-to-play kalimba (thumb piano) produces simple melodies that you can record, repeat on a loop, and manipulate in playback by adjusting the pitch. The handmade wood housing provides a user-friendly package that will invite endless sonic experimentation for teens and adults alike. Handmade by Richard Upchurch in Brooklyn, New York.

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

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Richard Upchurch

created by

Richard Upchurch

location

New York

created by

Richard Upchurch

location

New York

“Everything we do is built on previous days and our ability to move forward into something positive. Those days add up.”

While visiting his family in Mississippi, Richard Upchurch was sitting in the living room with his nephew, who was lost in a sea of toys. In the cacophony of beeps and pre-recorded noises, he thought it would be fun to build him a device to explore his own voice. Richard started out cutting and sanding wood on his apartment roof, gluing parts in his bedroom, and assembling in the kitchen. A year later, he began to build his business and community at a wood shop in Brooklyn. His company became an internship provider for local programs that promote self-sufficiency for inner-city students ages 15–19. "My goal for all who work with us is to feel a sense of place and pride in building something with their own hands, and find a voice in a world that often tells them to be quiet" he says.

Vist our blog to take a tour of Richard's Brooklyn studio and to read more about his tech toys.

Handmade Made in the USA
Ages
14+
Made from
aluminum, plastic, electrical components, acrylic, plywood, steel
Measurements
3.75" L x 3" W x 2" H
Care
Batteries can be replaced by unscrewing back cover and removing battery pack lid.
Notes
Includes 2 AAA batteries.

Includes looping switch, metal tines, 1/8" output jack for headphones, speakers, or recording gear.
Item ID
26110

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Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
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within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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5.0

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5.0

Terrific!

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from dallas

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Comments about UncommonGoods Zoots the Kalimba Recorder:

This was a gift for my husband, who'd mentioned seeing it. He is thrilled with it! Works just as he expected, and since he plans to keep it on his desk, I know he'll have hours of creative fun!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Husband
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  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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5.0

Exactly what I wanted

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from Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments about UncommonGoods Zoots the Kalimba Recorder:

My husband is a musician with everything. Finding this thumb piano with a spin on it was exactly what I was looking for. He was surprised and excited to make music with his new Zoots Kalimba since the looping featuring can keep going while he plays his other instruments. Perfect gift!

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  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Husband
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  • Birthday

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5.0

ZOOTS!

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from Milford, CT

Pros

  • Can Be Amplified
  • fun
  • Simple

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Music
    • Recording

    Comments about UncommonGoods Zoots the Kalimba Recorder:

    This product is great. I like to keep small musical instruments in my purse to be able to whip out whenever I like. This is a perfect device. It allows me to record as well as playback and the knob lets me distort the playback. It has an audio jack so I can put it to a speaker to make it louder and has a built in speaker if I need a quick playback. LOVE IT!

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    • No, No
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    • Self

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    5.0

    Bought as a Gift; kept it for myself!

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    from Oregon Coast

    Pros

    • Creative
    • fun
    • Musical
    • Unique
    • Versatile
    • Well Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompany Winstruments
      • Entertaining
      • Write Your Own Songs

      Comments about UncommonGoods Zoots the Kalimba Recorder:

      Fun recording device that will replay in a loop; besides thumb piano is sensitive enough to pick up voice or other sounds and instruments. Possibilities are endless!! Great for the experimenting home musician.

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      • No, Yes
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