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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UncommonGoodsEmerald Thumb Piano
 
4.7

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (20)
  • Excellent craftsmanship (19)
  • Durable (16)
  • Great intonation (10)
  • Highly responsive (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (14)
  • As a toy (9)
  • Jam sessions (7)
  • Performance (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (20), Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (43), No (6)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (35), Birthday (6), Other (4)

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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

    Verified Buyer

    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
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah
                 
                5.0

                Great gift

                By 

                from Sunnyvale

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Craftsmanship
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  Great gift for a child (or anyone).

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah
                   
                  5.0

                  Music Fun Where Ever You Go!

                  By 

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • For beginners consider color coding also
                  • Would love to see the music book text larger

                  Best Uses

                  • As a toy
                  • Beginners
                  • Practice

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Emerald Thumb Piano:

                  We gave one as a Birthday gift to a professional musician and it was well received. We also gave one to our son who is a beginner so he can practice too. What fun they have been for the whole family. We also love the craftsmanship and wood. Great quality. I am planning to order a couple more.

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

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