Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba
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The Hugh Tracey Kalimba blended some of the best aspects of several different traditional instruments, but was tuned to a western scale to facilitate western melody and harmony. The Hugh Tracey Kalimba started the Kalimba Craze of the 1960s. Maurce White of Earth, Wind and Fire and Taj Majal played Hugh Tracey Kalimbas in the 1970s. The same great Hugh Tracey Kalimbas are still available today.
The Hugh Tracey line of Kalimbas, thanks to the efforts of kalimba master Mark Holdaway, are the original kalimbas made by African Musical Instruments in Grahamstown, South Africa since 1965. Made from Kiaat wood and high quality spring steel, these are real musical instruments and are easy to play, not just a pretty coffee table ornament.
The Treble Kalimba overlaps with the Alto on 13 out of 17 notes, but it goes up a 5th above the Alto's highest note. This model comes in the key of G, starting on the 3rd (B) and going up 2.5 octaves to a D. Some people find the higher range of this kalimba goes better with guitars. The smaller box fits more naturally into smaller hands. The closer narrower tines are somewhat more difficult to play, but permit faster play than on larger kalimbas.
Simply a delight when people first bring this instrument home, they literally play it for hours. But people who have played it for 20 or 30 years are still working to improve. Very simple to play but difficult to master, these kalimbas sound and feel wonderful and have a lifetime of playability...
This model has been extensively copied by other manufacturers outside of Africa. The Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba is a superior musical instrument with level tines that rarely give you problems. The Treble Kalimba is a nice match for duets with the Alto Kalimba. Slightly smaller, higher in pitch, and more keys than the Alto Kalimba, this one sounds like a sweet music box.Specifications: