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Swizzle stick thumb piano

Submitted by on July 14, 2010 – 10:34 pm 2 Comments

Robert Patterson Collier, a musician and DIY-er has built a thumb piano (or kalimba, mbira, lamellaphone, likembe) with coffee swizzle sticks for tines. And guess what – it sounds fantastic.

Here’s what it looks and sounds like, the audio is routed through logic and processed with delay:

Robert’s thumb piano was made pretty much out of a wooden box and an electrician’s grounding strip. You can make one yourself if you want, just take a look at the step-by-step DIY instructions on instructables.

Robert actually has a CD made entirely with his thumb pianos, entiteld “Lamellaphone”. You can grab it on cdbaby right here.

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