There were seven goals in the design of the Thummer musical instrument. These ideas were meant to create a platform where future musicians could continue to develop the instrument long after the initial creation. Easiness - The instrument had to be easy to learn and play, both in composition and in performance settings.

Expression - The Thummer should have a greater expressive range than traditional instruments.

Comfort - In playing the Thummer, a person should not need to physically strain their body.

Closeness - All of the notes should be in easy reach, with only one fingering setting.

Dynamic - The instrument should be able to play all known music and create a foundation for new types of music with new invented sounds.

Portable - The Thummer should be easy to transport and set up for maximum portability.

Accessible - Everyone should be able to have affordable access to the Thummer.

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