Hugh Tracey Celeste Alto + PU


The same as the flat board-mounted, 15 note Celeste Alto, but with a piezo-electric pickup!

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The Celeste Alto, perfect for small hands, musically highly capable, with an electronic pickup (PU) installed.

This instrument is played just like the 15-note alto Kalimba, but it lacks the resonant box. Consequently, it sounds even more like an antique music box than does the alto kalimba. The small sound board is well-suited for small hands or children. The small board also permits using the right index finger up-stroke method typically used in mbira playing. A nice trick to increase the volume is to hold it against a window or a table as a sounding board.

But THIS one comes with a built-in piezo-electric pickup.

We don’t have sound clips of the Celeste Alto + PU, please listen to these sound clips of the acoustic Celeste Alto:

Celeste Alto, G Major

Celeste Alto, G minor

Also note that this is the best ALTO model for small hands.

You can find information about the Alto on the“How to Play” the Alto Kalimba Page.

Additional information

Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.4 in



Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years. He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since. His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness. See answered questions.