Emerald Thumb Piano

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


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.


Made in Georgia

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

created by

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."

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
brass, steel, baltic birch wood, western pine
6" L x 3" W x 2" H
Wipe with cotton cloth.
Emerald Thumb Piano is not amp-compatible.
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within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
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It was a gift for a therapist friend, for her to use with her patients. She said she liked it.

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Fun product!


It's just fun to fool around with



Great gift idea


Nice size to carry anywhere, pleasant sound, unique.

Long Island


Great & Unique Christmas gift


This is a unique gift purchased for my boyfriend; he loves music so wanted something he could play while at work or home for enjoyment

Tacoma, WA


Great Product


To teach the community on types of music



Oh, WOW!


Nice size. Not difficult to hold. Tone is pleasing. Appears to be easy to use. I personally didn't get a chance to try it yet. Granddaughter didn't want to put it down to open her other gifts. Thinking I may need to get some for the other grandkids.



I would buy this again.


Something to tinker with.



I would definitely buy this again.


Instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

Quincy, Illinois


Fabulous, It was a gift for a 16 year old boy


Just was looking for a unique gift for a special kid and you had it.

New Jersey


My daughter loved it!


I bought this for my 15 yr old daughter as a birthday present. She has taught herself to.play the ukulele and I thought this would be something different and she loves it!! Such a beautiful sound and great quality. She's on her way to being a pro at this new instrument!

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