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Large Gourd Thumb Piano: aka Marimba, Kalimba, Mbira, Lamellophone, 7 Notes, Fair Trade, Sustainable

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Large Gourd Thumb Piano

  • Great fun for children aged 3 to 103!
  • Upcycled and highly sustainable
  • Made and decorated by hand
  • Fair trade, ethically produced

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Large Gourd Thumb Piano

A hand carved piano board of approx. 20cm diameter made from wood skillfully attached to a gourd shel which acts as a resonating chamber

The keys (or tines) are made of metal and as a player strikes a key with their thumb the vibration produced in turn causes the tine’s neighbours to vibrate resulting in a wonderfully complex set of tones

Traditionally, African players tend to use their own idiosyncratic scales, but because of the versatility of this item, players can easily tune their karimba to a standard western scale by loosening the screws and changing the length of the metal

Thumb pianos are incredibly popular with children of all ages! Ideal when entertaining groups of kids and a brilliant way to get them off their electronic gizmos! Used in schools for music lessons they are our best selling musical instrument

Part of the appeal of this item is its hand-made nature and it is crafted in the traditional way. Made from natural products, the size and shape will vary slightly from the one shown in the picture ensuring you have a genuine handcrafted item and NOT a generic, factory-manufactured product

Kalimbas are a type of lamellophone

Size: Approx. 16cm diameter

Material: Coconut, wood, metal

Care: Wipe with a soft dry cloth. Store in a cool dry place.

Origin: Bali

Credentials: Fair trade, upcycled, sustainable, ethical, eco-friendly

Near & Fair is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers, so you can be confident that the people who made this item were not exploited in any way and the environment was respected.

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See our full range of ethically sourced musical instruments

You are welcome to visit our fair trade shop in Hull to view our full range of gifts, clothing and groceries

We are based in Trinity Market Arcade, Trinity House Lane, Hull, HU1 2JH. (We are nearest the Market Place/Lowgate entrance which is opposite Liberty Lane. The nearest carpark is King William House multi-storey)

Our usual opening hours are 9:30am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Feel free to check before setting off. Additional hours, or any other changes are advertised on Facebook and Instagram

 

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