12 May 2020

Chromatic Kalimbas Will Be Back In Stock in June 2020

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You can preorder a chromatic kalimba now

Chromatic Kalimbas Will Be Back In Stock in June 2020

Among the most challenging of kalimbas are the Hugh Tracey Chromatics. Why? Because, while most kalimbas have just the "white notes" from the piano, the chromatics have white notes on the front and black notes (flats or sharps) on the back.

This layout permits you to play virtually any song (using the sharps or flats), but also permits you to retreat to the simplicity and geometry of the front side "white notes".

That said, the Hugh Tracey Chromatics have been out of stock for some time. But the end is in sight - my shipment of kalimbas is ready to be shipped to me from South Africa, and I should have them in hand in a few weeks.

 I invite you to check out these chromatic kalimba models, and maybe even pre-order one.

Hugh Tracey Alto Box Chromatic

Hugh Tracey Alto Box Chromatic

The Hugh Tracey Box Chromatic Kalimba is our best selling chromatic, and it is the one that I own personally. The box is the same size as the Alto kalimba's box. If you have small hands or short fingers, this one will be difficult to reach around to play the chromatic notes on the back.

By the way, every Chromatic Kalimba we sell comes with an electronic pickup. Our thinking is that these instruments are all going to pretty serious players, so we are doing them the favor of sending them instruments already supplied with the capability of being amplified at a performance.

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Hugh Tracey Celeste (board-mounted) Alto Chromatic

Hugh Tracey Celeste (board-mounted) Alto Chromatic

The Hugh Tracey Celeste (board-mounted) Chromatic Kalimba has the same hardware as the box chromatic, but it is mounted on a smaller, narrower board. This smaller body is easier for people with small hands or fingers to hold and play. Automatically comes with pickup. The disadvantages: it is not as loud as the box chromatic (when unamplified), and you can't do the "Wah Wah" effect.

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Hugh Tracey Box Treble Chromatic in C

Hugh Tracey Box Treble Chromatic in C

The Hugh Tracey Treble (box) Chromatic Kalimba is mounted on a treble kalimba box, and has 17 notes on the front in the key of C (with C in the bass note). The Treble Chromatic has different notes than the Alto and is tuned a fourth higher, but the tines are painted just like the Alto tines. The front is just like a 17-Note Kalimba in C.

The back side has the "flats", each right behind the unflattened notes. The "redundant" setup has 17 tines on the back (that is, B will be opposite C on the front, but also on the back just behind C; ditto for E relative to F). The "non-redundant" setup has gaps on the back where B and E would have been found, as they are on the front... and hence only 13 tines on the back.

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Hugh tracey Celeste (board-mounted) Treble Chromatic

Hugh tracey Celeste (board-mounted) Treble Chromatic

We are adding this model to our inventory for the first time in June 2020. It is 17 notes of the Treble Kalimba in C on the front side and the flats on the back - either 17 (redundant) or 13 (nonredundant, missing the E and B on the back) notes. This model will always come with an electronic pickup. It will look something like this photograph, but with more tines.

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