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Kenyan Kalimba Thumb Piano (Kenya)

Overall Rating Rating 3.9  |  12 reviews  |  Write a review
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Item #: 11681703
  • Traditional African instrument is a Kalimba, or finger piano
  • Instrument is handmade in Kenya, East Africa
  • Musical instrument measures 6.5 inches long x 2.5 inches high x 1.5 inches deep
  • Jedando Modern Handicrafts
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    Product Features:
    • Traditional African instrument is a Kalimba, or finger piano
    • Instrument is handmade in Kenya, East Africa
    • Musical instrument measures 6.5 inches long x 2.5 inches high x 1.5 inches deep
    • The design on the instrument will vary slightly as each is unique


    Story Behind the Art:

    Kenya Crafts was formed in 2001 when a US Peace Corps volunteer working with a local craftsperson Boaz Moseti realized the potential in helping local artisans access the US market. Since then Kenya Crafts has grown from strength to strength serving 100's of artisans in East Africa.

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


Dimensions:
3*2*8
Materials:
Wood
Model No:
Thumb Piano
Brand: Global Crafts

Features

  • Type
    Other
  • Worldstock Country
    Kenya
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  • for music, pay more

    Bought one of these for a friend's birthday, and one for myself. I imagined it a good meditation vehicle. Each arrived promptly at its correct destination, but I wished I had had time to receive mine before I sent it off as a gift--probably would have chosen something different. As ethnic art it is interesting, and most of the keys have some resonance at different pitches. It is attractive in a primitive way, but having heard a higher quality kalimba earlier this year, I was disappointed with its comparison. To enjoy this as an instrument rather than as an ethnic art piece it would need to have more resonance and clearer tone distinction. None of my disappointment is with Overstock or with the product--just with my over optimistic imagination.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
  • Kalimba

    I recently purchased two world instruments from Overstock. The product is as described. It has a lovely burned wood design and the tines are decorated with colorful pieces of metal. Although this is a functional instrument, I believe it to be one produced for souvenir purchase. Souvenir items are usually not tuned to the desired pitch and the quality of materials is less than those used by actual musicians. I use this instrument as a demonstration of world instruments with my general music students, so it will not be used on a continual basis. It serves the function for which I purchased it.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Cute Toy

    This is a cute piece for the coffee table... got positive attention at a party. It is not a true thumb piano (not pretty sounding) but is more of a toy. Excellent to bring to a drum circle at the beach since It is not fragile or expensive enough to worry about damage/loss

    • Did the color match the color displayed onsite? Yes
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Primitive Handicraft
    • How accurate was the sizing? Excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • not easy to play

    roughly made....poor quality neat idea. needed more work....

    • Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
    • How accurate was the sizing? good
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
  • Unique musical instrument

    I love this Kenyan Kalimba Thumb Piano. I bought it as a gift for my father, but I love it so much, I may keep it and get him another one. I am so impressed with the items I get on World Trade. The little piano sounds so pretty and is well made (because it is handmade). I enjoy going to World Trade for gifts because my friends are always so impressed and ask how and where I found it. This little piano is so cute and made so well. Thank You. Betty.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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  • Positive Review

    I purchased this item for my two young adult sons who said it was absolutely great, lots of fun and had a great sound.

    • Did the color match the color displayed onsite? I didn't get to see the product in person
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. I was told by the gift recipient the quality was high
    • How accurate was the sizing? not applicable
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    robbeezmail from Texas!, Feb 15, 2012

  • Nice and different musical instrument.

    This instrument makes a nice display if you want to make a musical arrangement and has a nice sound. I was not dissappointed with this product. It makes a nice conversation piece. I would recommend this to anyone who has a musical background and likes to play the guitar.

    • Did the color match the color displayed onsite? Yes
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality
    • How accurate was the sizing? Close to the picture displayed.
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    violabe from Saint Louis, Missouri, Nov 4, 2011

  • Drum

    The music is much a "primitive" sound, not like a 2010 high-quality instrument. It has a tinny quality.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    fritzey from NW OHIO, Jan 12, 2010

  • Kenyan Kalimba

    Very nicely made product. It came packaged well and arrived quickly!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    cornbreadlove from Bloomington, IN, Jan 7, 2010

  • very fun

    I bought this thumb piano as a christmas gift for my boyfriend and he loves it! It took a little adjusting to get it in tune but it now sounds lovely. The only problem is a vibration caused by the little metal clamps(they look colorful in the picture) which are loose on the prongs and rattle when being played. Overall it is a very fun piece and the fact that it is fairtrade makes it even better!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    msnop from Springfield, MA, Jan 3, 2010

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