About Our Story

The Little Kalimba Shop

The Unexpected Journey

How We Started

Life has a funny way of leading us down paths we never thought we'd take. Hello, my name is Tiffany, and as a classically trained pianist with a background in psychology and psychotherapy, I never expected to find myself here, running Little Kalimba Shop. Yet, this surprising path aligns perfectly with who I am and what I believe in.

My journey through psychology and psychotherapy revealed the struggles of countless individuals, pointing towards the need for alternatives to talk therapy or medication. I found this alternative in music, a pivotal part of my life and a refuge during my own struggles.

While teaching piano and working in a music store, I met many individuals who longed for the time or means to learn a musical instrument. I saw others invest significant sums of money and years of their lives, often not fully enjoying the process due to the steep learning curve that comes with many mainstream instruments. Finally, I realised that playing music should be about healing and self-expression, not just mastering skills. It should be a beautiful, transformative experience that is effortless and accessible.

With this newfound understanding, a spark of curiosity was ignited in me. I started a personal exploration, seeking an instrument to manifest this fresh perspective I'd come to appreciate. Then, like a song breaking the silence, I stumbled upon the kalimba. Its simplicity, power, and ample space for creativity struck a chord within me. The kalimba was easy to learn yet so rewarding, and I was instantly hooked! I felt a deep-seated desire to share this magical experience with others. This was the beginning of Little Kalimba Shop, the platform through which we strive to make the healing power of music accessible to all.

My husband and I began this journey with a modest assortment of just five products. Then, together, in our tiny apartment, we launched our online store, the "Little Kalimba Shop".

Starting The Business

The Inspiration

Our journey was only just beginning. Three months in, I found myself drawn to the game 'Genshin Impact,' where I encountered the lyre harp for the first time. It fascinated me that this instrument from the virtual realm had real-world counterparts. We were on a mission again, testing every lyre harp we could find, and eventually handpicked the best ones under $500 for our shop.

Then we discovered the rhythmic world of tongue drums and handpans. After months of exploration and testing, we expanded our product line further. Each new find not only enriched our collection but also reinforced our mission - to share the healing power of music. It was like composing a symphony, with each new instrument adding its unique notes to the melody we were creating together.

Shortly after our expansions, we reached another exciting milestone. We finally moved the business from our one-bedroom apartment to our very first warehouse in Macquarie Park 2113 NSW. It was an emotional moment that represented how far we had come and reaffirmed our belief in the mission of Little Kalimba Shop.

Our second warehouse

Our Growth & Our Gratitude

Thanks to your support and encouragement, we've grown tremendously over the past three years. Today, our product range has expanded to over 200, and we've fulfilled over 12,000 orders. This journey, filled with music, healing, and love, has transformed Little Kalimba Shop into much more than just a store.

Our journey would not have been the same without your unwavering support. Your kindness, enthusiasm, and belief in our mission have truly shaped Little Kalimba Shop into what it is today. From those of you who've been with us since the humble beginning with just five products to those who've recently discovered our shop, every single one of you has made an impact. Your encouragement, stories of healing through music, and shared passion for these unique instruments inspire us daily.

You've not just been customers - you've been our community, our supporters, and our inspiration. For all this and more, we are deeply thankful. We've come this far because of you, and we're excited about the journey ahead, knowing we're on this path together.

Mapping Our Melody

Reflecting on 2023

In 2023, Little Kalimba Shop thrived as a heartfelt dream turned reality, becoming a sanctuary where music heals. Regardless of your musical background, you were welcomed to explore our unique instruments and experience the healing power of music.

Behind the scenes, we tested new instruments like handpans and ancient flutes, and we committed to creating e-books, songbooks, and free learning materials to enhance your musical journey. Although our initial showroom faced challenges, our dedication to finding the perfect location remained unwavering.

We cherished hearing your stories and valued your feedback, striving to enrich our product line with unique, handmade instruments from around the globe.

Thank you for being part of our journey in 2023. We look forward to continuing to be a part of yours.

Growing Together, Sharing the Joy of Music

Our Vision for 2024

We're excited to share that 2024 has been a remarkable year for Little Kalimba Shop. We've introduced esteemed brands like Hugh Tracey kalimbas from South Africa and expanded our collection to include cajons, djembes, handpans, and a variety of singing bowls. More thrilling additions like lyre harps, Native American flutes, ocarinas, and premium tongue drums handmade in Portland are on their way.

Our showroom is now open for visits by appointment, allowing you to experience our instruments firsthand. We’ve optimised our logistics to reduce shipping costs and have significantly lowered prices on our top-selling products.

Celebrating our fourth year, we’re proud to have served nearly 20,000 Australian music lovers, achieving a stellar 4.9-star rating. We’re deeply grateful for your support and excited to continue providing the best products and services, along with free learning materials and tips on our website.

Thank you for being part of our journey. Your passion for music inspires us every day, and we can't wait to share more beautiful instruments with you.