Top 5 - Most Popular Thumb Pianos

What is a kalimba?

Nowadays there are so many different types of music instrument showing up in the market trending, and when I first found my passion for playing the acoustic guitar and keyboard. I didn't even know that kalimbas existed, after all, I never saw these at school in my music class.

So skip many years ahead and these are being used all over the world for there unique, beautiful calming sounds. A kalimba also is known as a thumb piano, or mbira is essentially a woodwind musical instrument consisting of a wooden or other material board with attached staggered metal tines. 

How to play?

It is played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. As long as you have the right notes, you can play any song on it that you would like. Although it will take some practise, just as any instrument takes time to master. They have been known to relieve stress, due to the tones being so soothing. 

Different types?

There are many different types of the thumb piano, those made with a ply, hard, softwood board, coconut shell, base metal keys, or superior steel sprung keys. From 12cm to a large 20cm, the number of notes is another factor. Ours range from 5 to 8 and are tuned to the western scale. These could be a suitable gift for a kid or for a beginner-professional musician. 

Top 5 most popular thumb pianos 

1. wooden kalimba (5-note)

5 note kalimba

Simple yet effective, featuring a  wooden board and simplistic design, suitable for a beginner or child. 


2. Small coconut 7 notes

small coconut thumb piano

 A thumb piano made from natural produce, in assorted designs dot pattern designs and colours. 


3. Medium Indonesian coconut 

16cm balinese coconut piano

Approximately 16cm, with an upgraded wooden top in assorted designs.


4. Large 20cm steel keys coconut 

20cm large coconut thumb piano

Around 20cm our largest coconut, this one has strong robust steel keys and is suitable for the professional musician.


5. Vietnamese Dan Bung Thumb Piano

Vietnamese thumb piano

Handmade round thumb piano with steel sprung keys from Vietnam with hand-painted flowers to the side, with an effective working soundbox. These thumb piano kalimbas are sourced from many countries such as Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia and more places but are shipped from our warehouse in the UK

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