Thumb Drum

46 Reviews
$35.00 $39.95

Details

An heirloom quality, wooden musical instrument, this Thumb Drum or Kalimba is handcrafted and sturdy enough for a child's use. It's a fantastic way to introduce music into your little one's playtime. Simple to play and quite easy learn songs on, this beautiful percussion instrument features tunes that you pluck to produce a plinking melody. A songbook with 17 traditional tunes will start you out, but it won't be long before you and your child are composing your own Thumb Drum tunes, figuring out which notes produce beautiful harmonies when plucked together, experimenting with tone and volume for effect, and, just maybe, awakening a love for music. Consider purchasing more than one for a Family Thumb Drum Symphony!
Item#: C4903
Age: 6+ years old
Size: 5.75"L x 3"W
Made In: USA

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I love this item.

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I love this item. I keep buying one for myself and then giving it away. I like to give it as a first musical instrument to a baby and their family. Older siblings love to play it for baby and eventually baby is playing it too.

While the thumb drum

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While the thumb drum is extremely well made, beautiful, and durable, the numbers on the metal plate above each tine don't exactly line up with the tines from left to right, which causes confusion when searching for numbers 6 and 5. In addition, the thumb drum called a "thumb piano" in the little instruction booklet needs a page devoted to each song, like it has for "You Are My Sunshine" in the back of the booklet. Currently, there are 6 to 8 songs crammed onto a 3" x 5" page, where the tine numbers are extremely close together, making learning a song quite challenging.

Product arrived on time,

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Product arrived on time, exactly as described. The young lady who got it as a Christmas gift was delighted. It was the same as one she had used in her classroom.

Small musical instrument that

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Small musical instrument that has a delicate sound. Great for travel. Made with cedar so there is a nice smell to the wood. Looks like a quality made item!

This a perfect little

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This a perfect little gift I bought for my son.... I think I was having more fun with it.I wish it came in a bigger size.The workmanship was wonderful

Fun to use.It does

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Fun to use.It does not stay tuned for very long.

I'm in my late

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I'm in my late 30's and have played the piano since I was five. I love this little thumb piano that Santa brought our son.It produces a soft melodic peaceful sound similar to a harp.Now, just like a real piano, if you play it without musicality, it will not sound pleasing to the ear, however, sliding your thumb down and off the ends creates a gorgeous sound. Hold it cupped in both hands, with thumbs free to pluck.Follow the numbers 1-8 consecutively to form a scale.Practice your scales forwards and backwards. You will be a pro in a day or two.The beautiful, well-made, cedar piano comes with "numbered music" to many little tunes.Our 8 year old boy has learned to play this and enjoys it.He requests "Amazing Grace," "Jesus Loves Me" and other songs before we shut off his light at bedtime.It really is a perfect way to drift off to sleep.Every family should have a thumb piano!

I bought this as

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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 4-year-old granddaughter who likes music.She wasn't too impressed with it, butI LOVED IT.I'm hoping when she gets older, she'll learn to appreciate this "toy" as a fine musical instrument.It makes lovely tones, and I had a great time playing with it on Christmas Day. I was sorry to see it go home with my granddaughter and am seriously considering buying another one for myself!I told my daughter to put it away and bring it out in a couple of years, and hopefully, my granddaughter will get some enjoyment from it.The little songbook that was included was great, and it was fun picking out tunes on my own, too.Great gift for older children and adults, not so much for a 4-year-old.

I purchased this as

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I purchased this as a gift for my 5 year old grandson and in no uncertain terms, it couldn't compete with Santa's gift of an iPad. I'm giving it a month before reclaiming it for myself. In all honesty I deliberately wrapped it last so that I could continue to play with it. I loved the soft, melodious sounds it produced and visualize playing with it on the many long car trips my husband and I take. Always regretting that I never learned an instrument, perhaps this one is finally mine!

I purchased the thumb

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I purchased the thumb drum for my seven year old grandson. . . .I bought this for him because it is an African instrument -- he is interested in Africa -- and I hope he will be thrilled to learn to play it.This is a Christmas present so I haven't given it to him yet but I'm sure he'll be fascinated with learning to play.It's just the right size for his small hands and the sound is delightful.I can hardly wait to see his face when he opens it.

I bought each of

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I bought each of my granddaughters - 13 & 8 years old - one of these for Christmas. They began to play them as soon as they were opened. The sound is lovely and the instrument itself is very beautiful. The song book allowed them to instantly play songs.

When I let my

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When I let my piano go I realized how I still needed to be able to make music.I've eyed this for a number of years in the catalog so I decided the time had come for me to have one.I can truly say that it makes me happy whenever I play this wonderful little instrument with a most pleasing sound!

The thumb drum was

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The thumb drum was a purchase for our young preschool grandson who just loves music and figuring things out. I'm almost ready to get ME one. The 'drum' is exquisite: well made, real wood, and the sound is wonderful! You pick it up and it's hard to put down again. I think this is going to be a hit!

Both the product -

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Both the product - thumb drum - and the service provided by Chinaberry made purchasing online enjoyable and expeditious. The product, itself, is one of my favorite musical instruments, crafted with quality materials and providing such sweet resonance and ease of play.

The quality of the

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The quality of the kalimba or thumb-drum is lovely. Smooth soft wood that seems to be made with great care. The tone is beautiful, it's a great instrument.The Chinaberry company was delightful and easy to order from.Very nice experience overall.

This is a great

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This is a great little instrument and gets plenty of nice tone. It's not plunky. Lots of tunes included - just follow the numbers. More tunes on company website, I found. Since the box is cedar, it smells good, too!

I purchased this thumb

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I purchased this thumb piano and was so pleased with how it sounds.It is clear and rich sound even though it is small. The finish was smooth and it even smelled good. I am very very pleased with this purchase.

This little instrument looks,

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This little instrument looks, smells it is cedar I think, and most importantly SOUNDS wonderful!It is not 'twangy' at all.It was much better than I expected and sounds nicer than any other small thumb drum that I have heard.

We got this for

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We got this for a 9-year-old for Christmas and it's one of the two presents that she's still playing with! My husband also is having a good time with it too. Would recommend this for a present.

Surprisingly easy to make

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Surprisingly easy to make beautiful music with this instrument. I'm avoiding wrapping it as it is hard to give it away. PerhapsI should put it in my letter to Santa.

So too awesome. Our

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So too awesome. Our 6 yr old plays this a lot. Along with the natural paint and paper, this was a super birthday gift. Thanks!! The quality is beautiful!

This thing was a

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This thing was a great gift for my daughter's first birthday.It's beautifully crafted and hopefully will be an heirloom in our family for many years.It smells good too!

The thumb drum is

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The thumb drum is on our coffee table.It is a conversation starter.The sweet sounds are soothing.It is fun to pick up and strum.

This has brought a

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This has brought a lot of enjoyment to me, the owner, and many guests who have enjoyed playing this instrument.

Grandsons began playing it

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Grandsons began playing it immediately. They are SO proud that their Grami owns a thumb piano. It is really being enjoyed.