Emerald Thumb Piano

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

$25.00

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.

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Made in Georgia

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

created by

Paul and Sue Bergstrom

location

Georgia

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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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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UncommonGoodsEmerald Thumb Piano
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (21)
  • Excellent craftsmanship (20)
  • Durable (18)
  • Great intonation (11)
  • Highly responsive (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (14)
  • As a toy (9)
  • Jam sessions (7)
  • Performance (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (21), Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (43), No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bigger and more fun than expected!

I bought the thumb piano for my son for Christmas, but I couldn't resist trying it out first. I love that it comes with a little book of songs. It's bigger than I...Read complete review

I bought the thumb piano for my son for Christmas, but I couldn't resist trying it out first. I love that it comes with a little book of songs. It's bigger than I expected, but that was a pleasant surprise as well. I cannot wait for my son to open this on Christmas Day, because I know he's going to love it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not satisfied

I received this very fast and was visually satisfied with the product but as someone who is not a musician, I could tell that this was out of tune. I intended to give this...Read complete review

I received this very fast and was visually satisfied with the product but as someone who is not a musician, I could tell that this was out of tune. I intended to give this as a gift and would not want to have someone open it and realize it is out of tune. Not happy at all.

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5.0

Oh, WOW!

By 

from Kentucky

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Great Intonation
  • Great Sound
  • Highly Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

      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.

       
      4.0

      I would buy this again.

      By 

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

          Something to tinker with.

           
          5.0

          I would definitely buy this again.

          By 

          from Quincy, Illinois

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Excellent Craftsmanship
          • Great Intonation
          • Great Sound
          • Highly Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • As a toy
            • Practice

            Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

            Instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

            Service and delivery comments:

            The item was delivered promptly in very good condition.

             
            5.0

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

            By 

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Excellent Craftsmanship
            • Great Intonation
            • Great Sound
            • Highly Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

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

                 
                5.0

                My daughter loved it!

                By 

                from Virginia Beach, VA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Craftsmanship
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice
                  • Soothing

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  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!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Product arrived on time and packaged well.

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT Mother's Day Gift!

                  By 

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Craftsmanship
                  • Great Sound
                  • Perfect size to take anywhere!
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • As a toy
                    • Jam Sessions
                    • Performance
                    • Practice

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                    I can't speak for my mom since I bought this for her but based on the phone call I got once she received this it was awesome. She loves, loves, loves it! She played it for me over the phone and MAN! It sounds GREAT! Better than I had expected to be honest. Great gift!

                     
                    1.0

                    Not satisfied

                    By 

                    from Gallipolis, OH

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Craftsmanship

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                    • Practice

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                    I received this very fast and was visually satisfied with the product but as someone who is not a musician, I could tell that this was out of tune. I intended to give this as a gift and would not want to have someone open it and realize it is out of tune. Not happy at all.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Delivery was fast.

                     
                    5.0

                    good service

                    By 

                    from upper midwest

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jam Sessions

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                      About the only thing I can say is that the delivery time was excellent. I was hoping to get this before my grandson's birthday in 2 weeks, and it came in 4 days.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great addition to pocket instrument collection

                      By 

                      from Golden, CO

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Craftsmanship
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jam Sessions

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                        I sent this to my son for his birthday gift up at college, he thinks it will be a great addition to campfire music with his friends this summer.

                         
                        5.0

                        cute and fun

                        By 

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                        Fun instrument! I tried it out and it seems like to get an actual song out of it would take a lot of practice, but I bought it as a fun gift. It went to a friend that's really hard to buy for and he liked it a lot.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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