Acrylic Thumb Piano

An ancient instruments turns to modern music maker in this acrylic, amp-compatible design.


Paul and Sue Bergstrom created by

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

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Sleek, transparent acrylic and an amp-compatible design turn an ancient instrument into a modern music maker ready for jam sessions.

This petite instrument 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 and 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



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."

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brass, acrylic, steel, baltic birch wood
6" L x 3" W x 1.5" H
Wipe with cotton cloth.
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I bought the amp-compatible Acrylic Thumb Piano as a birthday gift for my husband, a professional musician. The sleek, modern design of the instrument is as pleasing to look at as it is to hold. It's ability to plug into an amp is what sold me. Since receiving it, he has been experimenting - distorting the thumb piano sound with different effects pedals. In his words, "It's thoroughly inspiring!"

Sebastopol, CA


Good quality and great sound


This is a great little thumb piano that is fun and simple to play. Comes with a little book with a few songs to get you started. I bought one to give as a gift, tried it out, and then bought one for me.

South Carolina


Some treasures come in small packages


I play and collect Kalimbas. One of my favorites are the Mountain Melody brand. I own several. They are right up there in quality and sound with my expensive Kalimbas.



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