02 December 2018
The Big Four Kalimba Playoff: Silent Night
Compare: 10-Note Heart, 17-Note Heart, Hugh Tracey Alto, and Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimbas
I have just finished "Easy Christmas" ebooks for each of four of my best selling kalimbas. Part of every ebook is the sound recordings for each song. So, I have a great data set for comparing these four popular kalimbas, side by side.
Without any prejudice, I recorded the Christmas carols on each kalimba, trying my best to make it sound as good as it can. The sound editing and processing is fairly minimal and very similar for all four kalimbas.
You get to decide: which sounds better to your ears? Which is pitched correctly for your singing? Which one will better fit your musical needs?
The Hugh Tracey Treble, like the Alto, is also in G, but it is missing the Alto's lowest notes and has extra high notes. Same size as the 17-Note in C. This tends to push melodies into the upper octave, making the Treble the highest sounding kalimba of the lot. With the melodies soaring into the upper ranges of the Treble, this kalimba may be the most angelic of all.
I don't know. There are certainly good things to be said for all of them. I only sell kalimbas that I can make good music on, so you should be able to buy any of these and proceed with confidence. Perhaps most important, I support each of these kalimbas with high quality instructional materials.