Red cedar thumb piano, with solid spruce soundboard. There are 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. 5" x 7"
The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira, kalimba or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that acts as the resonating chamber. To play, rest the thumb piano on the fingers of both hands and hold it between your palms. Cover the vibrato holes with your fingers. Then pluck the keys with your thumbs. As you play you can un-cover and cover the vibrato holes as you like. Many different tunings are acceptable, according to personal preference. Specific tuning of a thumb piano is only an issue when two instruments are played together; then they should generally agree in tuning. Otherwise, the tuning is subjective and should only be pleasing to the player. The longer keys have lower pitches and shorter keys have higher pitches. The keys can be adjusted by tapping them in or out to adjust their length, and therefore their pitch.
Dobani 17-Key Thumb Piano W/ Spruce Top - Red Cedar
We cannot accept returns or exchanges for printed or recorded material, didgeridoos*, replacement drum heads**, Build Your Own Cajon or Bongo kits and blemished drums.
If you decide not to keep the merchandise, you may ship it back to the warehouse, in the original carton with all accompanying packaging and paperwork. Returned items must be shipped back within ten days upon receiving RMA instructions.
When we receive the item in its original condition, we will refund the amount of the purchase, less shipping costs and re-stocking fee. The customer is responsible for return shipping costs.
*Kindly note there are no returns on Didgeridoos. Playing a didgeridoo requires the player to press their mouth against the instrument's opening and rolling their lips to produce the desired sound. Due to the nature of playing the didgeridoo we do not allow returns. Shipping damage does not apply.
**Returns or exchanges will not be accepted for replacement drum heads. Please double-check with the manufacturer of your instrument to ensure that you are purchasing the correct head for your drum.