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Music Made Simple for all Ages

Originating in Africa, the thumbdrum has made its way throughout the world. Known also as a sansa, kalimba, and thumb piano, it is being used in ritualistic music and in recording studios world wide. Closely related to the mbira, another traditional African instrument, it is played by plucking the tines, or keys, with thumbs or fingers.

The name kalimba is a Bantu word which means “little music”, and is similar to the word karimba, a type of mbira. In addition to being a serious musical instrument, the Thumbdrum, or kalimba, is perfect for play and experimentation. Sturdy enough for children, it is a welcome addition to the standard percussion instruments normally available.

The thumb piano is simple to play and has an appealing marimba-like sound. Accurately tuned with an accompanying songbook, it allows adults and children alike to explore music for themselves in new ways.

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About Us

About Mountain Melodies

Mountain Melodies Manufacturing is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Manufacturing has been a part of our lives for quite some time. We are dedicated in creating our products with a high standard of quality and care. Each piece is handcrafted to the standards that you, the customer, set. It is important to us to create new ways to improve the process by listening to our customers’ feedback. Our motto is great customer service with 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Our goal is to introduce and teach the simplicity and enjoyment that can be accomplished in a matter of minutes by simply following the numbering system. We believe that everyone will be able to enjoy the melodic sounds of this ancient instrument also using it as a tool to teach its fascinating history. We enjoy teaching children that they too, can learn to play such an instrument and seeing the look of accomplishment on their faces is such a joy for us.

About The Owners

Paul and Sue Bergstrom live in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, just eight, scenic miles outside of Blairsville at the foot of Cook's Mountain.

Paul was born in 1947 and Sue in 1962. Both were born and raised in Minnesota and decided that snow need not be a constant part of their lives. So "Hello" to a warmer climate, with little snow (if any), and nature's best at their doorstep!

The mission began in 2005 when Paul retired after thirty years in the medical industry. Relocation from the busy Atlanta area to the mountains, brought both a new and exciting, creative venue, which had been held captive while raising a family.

Music was not in the picture, until a trip to the Pension Mountain range and a chance meeting with Glenda Allison of Berryville, Arkansas, brought both Paul and Sue to a simple venue of music making. Kalimbas (or thumb pianos) became an obsession, and teaching the young and old to play music became a mission of “Music Made Simple”.

Banter between husband and wife over what to do next seemed to be quite constant. Sue is always bringing new and exciting ideas to Paul's design desk and Paul saying, "Hey, I'm supposed to be retired!" When not building or designing something that makes sweet sounds, Paul can be found with a good book and Sue creating in her craft room.

About the Laser Engrave Artist

Joy Atkins has been a freind of our family for many years.  Joy grew up in the North Georgia Mountians of Blairsville. She has shared, her art work has been influenced by quiet evenings on the front porch drawing on her sketch pad. She started drawing at an early age.  She is in her mid 30’s raising two handsome young men with their father. When she finds the time you will still find her sitting on her porch creating beautiful pieces of art. Painting has been another passion of hers as well, being able to create something from her own hands continues to inspire her.  Teaching others that they to can be creative motivates her to continue to persue her love of creating art.