Kantele KIT

Kantele KIT

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Our Kantele kit is easy to assemble, requiring only a few clamps, an electric hand sander, woodworkers glue and varnish. Even a novice will be able to successfully assemble the Kantele. Each kit includes a beautiful, solid mahogany soundboard, solid walnut frame pieces and all of the strings and musical hardware you need. Our assembly instructions are clear, easy to follow and are linked to online videos showing you just how it is done. And don't forget - we offer the best warranty in the business.

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Assembly Videos

Kantele Assembly Videos

Check out these videos if you want to see what it is like to build the Kantele from a kit.


Dear Matt,

It was pleasure corresponding with you and I did post something on your facebook page. You were very helpful kind patient and generous and the Kantele is just beautiful both to look at and to play.

I have been looking for an instrument for quite a while and this one fit the bill perfectly. I was so drawn to the sound and then to the simplicity of plucking and strumming in my lap. Harps were too awkward for me with size and my deteriorating depth perception. Autoharps required learning and made too big a sound. This simple zither plays my favorite singing range and will support me in "Threshold Singers" - our local hospice bedside music ministry. Only 2 or 3 of us go to a bedside and only simple meditative melodies and harmonies are used. With practice I think I will be able to attend a bedside solo, supported by the Kantele. It is lovely and I look forward to engaging more with it.

Thank you again for making this beautiful instrument such a pleasure to buy and enjoy!
Jane McKenna

Hi, Matt!

I've watched your Kantele video so often, I feel I almost know you personally. Anyway, I received my Kantele last week, May 4, and it arrived in perfect condition. In unpacking it, I was at once impressed by the visual beauty of the instrument. With its' long, graceful line and gentle angle, it looks like a piece of modern sculpture, but still has an air of centuries about it. The mahogany and walnut woods are beautiful, and the snowflake rosette is just the perfect touch. All in all, my Kantele speaks quality and expert craftsmanship, and I am completely pleased and satisfied.

So, Matt, I would like to thank you and all the guys at MM for your kindness and good service.

Don Graff

Matt, Cody, et al

The new Kantele is lovely. Just what I'd hoped it would be - beautiful piece of mahogany and very pretty tone.
Tried it in a little recording with 12 string (slide) and some synth (a string quartet!). Rather a doleful piece but I like the timbre of thekantelewith the 12 string.
Thanks and best to you for a good summer up there in MN.


No Wait

Hi Matt,

Sorry I've been ignoring you guys. I love the kantele. It's Finnished (sorry), and It's such a beautiful instrument. I love the woods you chose for it. It looks so nice with a simple polyurethane Finnish (sorry! I can't help the puns). This was such a fun kit to build. I'd recommend this one for a new builder any day. It not only looks beautiful when finnished (ahem....), but the sound of a kantele is so haunting. It puzzles me, too, because the soundboard is relatively thick, and it has no backboard, and yet it has this lovely timber. I just added one small piece of oak from a very ancient tree, as a decoration. It really needs nothing more than the rosette. I love that touch, too. I'm quite happy with this instrument.

It's like all of your kits that I've built. (The Strumbly was my first, and I still love it). I also appreciate the books you offer for playing these unusual instruments. I try to purchase a book when I make one of your unusual instruments! I make it a point to play them all and learn to play a few tunes on them. It's fun, and my family gets a kick out of it. With the kantele, my brother said, "Should I ask you what THAT one is?" Then I can tell the story from the Kalevala, about the origin of the kantele. Here's a few pictures. It's very nice, like all of your kits I've made so far. Thanks again. I love your products, not to mention the always supurb customer service. I'm eyeballing that chord harp, too. That is very interesting. It sounds like an autoharp to me. Nice idea!


Hi there, Matt,

I have successfully completed the kantele and the hognosed psaltery-- REALLY happy with your kits! Lovely quality of wood, already fitted really well, and a dream to assemble, with MUCH info provided to assure proper assembly. I couldn't be happier, and hoping to order very soon again. The woodworking bug has bitten, after a few years of dormancy, and you guys have the very best antidote. I'm attaching a picture of the kantele, just before getting it ready to string up. You'll be hearing from me SOOOOON!

Annie McLeod
Jacksonville, FL


Just wanted to let you know I finished my Kantele Kit assembly this past Sunday and am very happy with the way it turned out. We had 2 warm, sunny days in a row and I was able to get outside and work on instruments. I had the Kantele inside with finish drying on it and I was outside cutting out parts for your Teardrop Mandolin. I am really excited about the Mandolin. I decided I needed something to really challenge me and the mandolin is doing that. The plans are well drawn and easy to understand. I received a fret board from you and got some wood in today for the ft & bk. Spruce and cedar. I laid out and cut out the neck from Maple and was amazed at how well it turned out. i have some salvaged mahogany I am using for the sides. So far everything is turning out very well and I am really enjoying myself. I am very grateful for Musicmaker's helping me to find a new hobby. I will send along some pictures soon.

Thanks to everyone at Musicmaker's.
John in NW Florida.

Sanded up a lot of wood dust. Rubbed on some oil and bees wax. Plays like a dream.

Kevin Harris

Dear Musicmaker's.

I am VERY pleased with my purchase of my kantele! The caftsmanship is supurb and the sound is so so beautiful. Actually when I play it people tell me its "enchating". Its an easy instrument to learn and worth every penny I spent on it. I just wish I had found your company years ago when I first got into playing music. Also, your staff I found very friendly and knowlegable over the phone in helping me in choising the right instrument for me. I just love my kantele, and I can't keep from playing it! Thank you so much for everything!



Thanks for asking. It's been a pleasure dealing with your company.

Last month I did purchase your Kantele kit and that went together very nicely. I'm 100% Finnish and I've been trying to plunk out old Finnish folk songs my mother used to sing. It sounds beautiful. I plan to build a few of these for Christmas gifts this year and order all my supplies from you. Everybody in my family has a masters degree in music except me. These musical gifts have really been a hit. I built cajons for them three years ago.

My wife wants me to build your suit case bass next. I think I might order your plans next Fall for that.

We've watched your little video of you demonstrating how to play the Kantele many times. My wife is trying to teach me how to play that little song that you do. (I'm a much better woodworker than a musician!)

Thanks for the great service.

Bill Erickson
DeWitt, MI

Hi there,

A while ago i purchased a Kantele kit from your shop, which I now have finished. I thought it might be nice to send you a link to the first Kantele video I made.


Thank you for a perfect kit!

Patrick de Bruin

Hi Matt,

Thanks your support, advice and expertise in helping punch up my kantele kit from Music Makers. This is my first woodworking project since Jr. High and your great instruction and videos made it a great project. Looking forward to a couple others.

James Bartee

Johann Peterson
Verified Buyer
Beautiful sound, and very nice-looking instrument. Download the chord sheet from harpkit.
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